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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1956.210
People
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Title
Key West
Other Titles
Former Title: Boats, Key West
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1903
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/308424
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions
35.4 x 55.4 cm (13 15/16 x 21 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: watercolor, l.l.: WH; l.r.: Key West
  • exhibition label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and inscribed in blue ink: [torn] of the Four Arts / [torn] Beach, Florida / [torn] 75-14-1-1 [Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, 1975]
  • exhibition label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and typed: National Gallery of Art / Washington, D. C. / Exhibition: Winslow Homer Watercolors / Date: 2 March - 11 May 1986. Cat. # 214 / Artist: Winslow Homer / Title: Key West / Lender: Harvard University Art Museums
  • exhibition label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and typed: S.E. No. 2943.1 / Museum of Fine Arts / Boston, Massachusetts / Special Loan Exhibition of / Winslow Homer / Title: Key West / Artist: Homer / Owner: The Fogg Art Museum / Address: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. [exhibition dates: March to May 1959]
  • exhibition label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and typed: The Institute of Contemporary Art / 138 Newbury Street, Boston 16, Massachusetts / Artist: Winslow Homer / Title: Key West / ICA number: 55-1-38 / Medium and Size: / [torn off] Edward W. Forbes / (Fogg Museum)
  • exhibition label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed: Winslow Homer (1836-1910) / 24. Key West / Watercolor. 13 1/4 x 20 3/4 (sight) / Lent by the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge / Gift of Edward W. Forbes
  • label: removed from old mount, now in curatorial file, paper, printed and inscribed in black marker: W. S. Budworth & Son / Packers & Shippers of Works of Art / 424 West 52nd St., New York, N. Y. / I J
Provenance
Winslow Homer, sold [through M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1904]; to Daniel G. Reid, New York, 1904, sold [through M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1922]; to Edward Waldo Forbes, Cambridge, MA, 1922 [1], gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1956
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Edward W. Forbes
Accession Year
1956
Object Number
1956.210
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Arthur Pope, "Water-Colours by Winslow Homer", Fogg Art Museum Notes, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, June 1926), vol. II, no. 2, pp. 42-48, repr. p. 42

Sixth Loan Exhibition: Winslow Homer, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Thomas Eakins, exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, NY, 1930), no. 41

Theodore Bolton, "Water Colors by Homer: Critique and Catalogue", Fine Arts (formerly known as The Antiquarian) (April 1932), pp. 16-20+

Women's Civic Club, Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, exh. cat., Crandall Free Library (Glens Falls, NY, 1933), cat. 10

Fogg Art Museum Handbook, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1936), ill. p. 114

George Henry Lovett Smith, "The Grasp of the Moment," with checklist for Winslow Homer exhibition, Concert Bulletin for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston, 1937), pg. 361

"American Watercolors Shown in Vienna", Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts Quarterly Bulletin, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts (Syracuse, NY, January-February-March 1950), vol. 11, no. 2, p. 9, p. 9

Edward Waldo Forbes, History of the Fogg Art Museum, Unpublished (1956), p. 365, vol. II

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1959), no. 145

Winslow Homer's Sub-Tropical America, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1968), reproduced p. 33

Patti Hannaway, Winslow Homer in the Tropics, Westover Publishing Company (Richmond, VA, 1973), pp. 262-263, pl. 61

Gorham Bert Munson and John Gordon, Views of Florida by American Masters, exh. cat., Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach Florida and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (Palm Beach, FL, 1975), cat. 24

Marjorie B. Cohn, Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1977), pp. 14, 17, 28, 39, 48, 57, 69, 98, cat. 24, fig. 8 (detail)

Winslow Homer's Florida, 1880-1909, exh. cat., Cummer Gallery of Art (Jacksonville, FL, 1977), cat. 29, repro.

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-261, p. 259, 297, plate 65

Christopher Finch, American Watercolors, Abbeville Press (New York, NY, 1986), reproduced in color, p. 17, fig. 14

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 234, 255; reproduced in color fig. 214

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), pp. 84-85

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Winslow Homer Watercolors, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), color plate 54

Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Spanierman Gallery (New York, 2005-2014), vol. 5, p. 341, no. 1735, repr. p. 341

Sophie Lévy, ed., Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny, 2006), checklist no. 57, repr. pp. 138-139

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 179-180, cat. no. 137, reproduced in color, p. 179

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 29

Exhibition History

Exposition d'Art Américain John S. Sargent, R. A., Dodge MacKnight, Winslow Homer, Paul Manship, Association Franco-Américaine d'Expositions, Paris, 05/18/1923 - 06/25/1923

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 09/09/1923 - 10/26/1923

Sixth Loan Exhibition: Winslow Homer, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Thomas Eakins, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 05/01/1930 - 05/31/1930

American Painting, Fitchburg Art Association, Fitchburg, 07/01/1930 - 08/31/1930

Exhibition of Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 02/06/1931 - 03/01/1931

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1932 - 06/15/1932

Exhibition of Paintings by American Artists, Crandall Free Library, Glens Falls, 03/01/1933 - 03/31/1933

Sports in Art, New York Junior League, New York, 04/11/1934 - 04/25/1934

Unidentified Exhibition, Lawrence College, 1935, Lawrence University, Appleton, 03/01/1935 - 04/30/1935

Unidentified Exhibition, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1935, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, 10/14/1935 - 11/16/1935

Paintings and Drawings by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1936 - 06/30/1986

[Winslow Homer exhibition], Symphony Hall, Boston, 01/01/1937 - 12/31/1937

50th Anniversary Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 04/18/1939 - 05/14/1939

Unidentified Exhibition, Mead Art Gallery, 1940, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, 04/25/1940 - 05/09/1940

Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, 05/11/1940 - 06/10/1940

Unidentified Exhibition, University of Redlands, 1941, University of Redlands, Redlands, 01/25/1941 - 02/27/1941

Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1944 - 11/01/1944

Exhibit of American Watercolors, Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 07/23/1949 - 01/30/1950

American Paintings from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Boston, 02/21/1958 - 03/15/1958

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/23/1958 - 01/04/1959; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 01/29/1959 - 03/08/1959; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/26/1959 - 05/03/1959

Unidentified Exhibition, Wesleyan University, 1959, Davison Art Center, Middletown, 07/01/1959 - 08/31/1959

Unidentified Exhibition, Lincoln Laboratory, 1966, Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, 10/15/1966 - 12/15/1966

Winslow Homer's Sub-Tropical America, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, 08/06/1968 - 09/15/1968

Watercolors from the Fogg: An Historical Collection, St. Paul's School, Concord, 10/12/1971 - 11/20/1971

Views of Florida, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, 03/07/1975 - 04/13/1975; Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, 05/06/1975 - 06/02/1975

Wash and Gouache: A Study of the Development of the Materials of Watercolor, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1977 - 06/22/1977

Winslow Homer Watercolors, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 03/02/1986 - 05/11/1986; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 06/06/1986 - 07/27/1986; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 09/11/1986 - 11/02/1986

Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 02/22/2006 - 05/23/2006; Musée d'Art Américain, 27620 Giverny, 06/18/2006 - 09/24/2006

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu