Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Eight Bells

Eight Bells

Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910. Published by C. Klackner, 17 East 17th St., New York.



Image: 18 7/8 x 24 1/2 inches (47.9 x 62.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Carl Zigrosser, 1943

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The sun breaks through the clouds after a storm, allowing wet mariners the chance to measure their location at noon (eight bells). Homer’s etching after his painting of this subject from 1886 offers an image of tranquility and human control to set against his views of disaster from this same decade. The original painting is in the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.