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image of A Good Shot, Adirondacks Winslow Homer (artist)
American, 1836 - 1910
A Good Shot, Adirondacks, 1892
watercolor on wove paper
sheet: 38.2 × 54.5 cm (15 1/16 × 21 7/16 in.)
Goodrich/Gerdts 2014, Vol. V, no. 1497
Gift of Ruth K. Henschel in memory of her husband, Charles R. Henschel
1975.92.5
Not on View
From the Tour: Winslow Homer Watercolors — A Survey of Themes and Styles
Object 2 of 15

There is a thematic trend in Homer’s deer hunting series; his subjects shift over time from the start of the hunt to the kill. In A Good Shot, Adirondacks, we are in the presence of death. Removed spatially and emotionally from the hunter, we focus on the prey. Homer’s only watercolor to show a deer being killed, this work captures the moment the stag is shot, just as he climbs to the top of a rock in a river of rushing water. On the right are the silhouettes of two hounds running in the direction of the deer. To the left, a puff of white smoke from the hunter’s just-fired rifle wafts through the air.

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