Illustration from Harper's Weekly (November 1, 1873)
Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York.
Boys playing in boats appear in many of Homer’s watercolors from the summer of 1873, and many of these sketches were redrawn on blocks to be engraved for Harper’s Weekly. The poem published with this image talked of joyous reunion, but Homer’s image of waiting and watching seems full of dread.