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Clear Sailing

Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910


Transparent and opaque watercolor and graphite with scraping on heavy wove paper

Sheet: 7 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches (19.4 x 28.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Woodward, 1939

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Homer spent much of the summer of 1880 lodging with the lighthouse keeper on Ten Pound Island in the middle of Gloucester, Massachusetts’s busy harbor. From this isolated vantage, the graceful vessels of the fishing fleet and the idle boys who watch from the rocks are suffused with a sense of nostalgia and serenity.