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in watercolor, lower right: W HOMER 1873

Provenance

Lawson Valentine, New York, by 1878; Lucy Houghton Valentine (Mrs. Lawson Valentine), 1891; Almira Valentine Pulsifer (Mrs. Nathan Trowbridge Pulsifer), her daughter, 1911; Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer, New York, her son, nd; Susan Nichols Pulsifer (Mrs. Harold Trowbridge Pulsifer) in trust, 1948; Alice Pulsifer Doyle (Mrs. Joseph Doyle), his niece, 1987; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; bequest of Mrs. Paul Mellon to NGA, 2014.

Exhibition History
1875
First Annual Exhibition of the American Society of Painters in Water Colors Held at the Galleries of the Brooklyn Art Association, 8-[20] March 1875, no. 216 (as What is It?)
1893
Seventh Annual Exhibition, American Works Not Before Exhibited, New York Athletic Club, 1 April 1893, no. 21
1911
Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Winslow Homer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 6 Feb.-19 March 1911, no. 25
1915
Water Colors by Winslow Homer, The Museum of the Brooklyn Institute, 16 Oct.-7 Nov. 1915; The Century Association, New York, 8 Dec. 1915-c. 14 Jan. 1916, no. 15
1917
Winslow Homer & John Singer Sargent: An Exhibition of Water Colors, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1-27 Nov. 1917; The Cleveland Museum of Art, 30 Nov.-31 Dec. 1917; Toledo Museum of Art, Jan. 1918; Detroit Institute of Arts, 2-28 Feb. 1918; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, March 1918; Milwaukee Art Institute, April 1918; City Art Museum of Saint Louis, 5-c. 26 May 1918; Memorial Art Gallery, Unviersity of Rochester, New York, 6 June-7 July 1918, no. 2
1936
Winslow Homer Centenary Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 15 Dec. 1936-15 Jan. 1937, no. 38
1954
The Art of Winslow Homer, Bowdoin College Museum of Fine Arts, Brunswick, Maine, and Art Department of Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1-21 Nov., and 1-21 Dec. 1954
1963
Yankee Painter: A Retrospective Exhibition of Oils, Watercolors, and Graphics by Winslow Homer, University of Arizona Art Gallery, Tucson, 11 Oct.-1 Dec. 1963, no. 34
1970
Winslow Homer, 1836-1910: Oils, Watercolors, Drawings, Wood Engravings, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, 10 July-7 Sept. 1970, no. 24
1983
Winslow Homer, Watercolors, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, 7 May-19 June 1983, no. 2
1990
Winslow Homer in the 1870s: Selections from the Valentine-Pulsifer Collection, The Art Museum, Princeton (New Jersey) University, 10 Feb.-11 March 1990; Wadworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 18 March-15 April 1990, no. 4
Bibliography
2005
Goodrich, Lloyd and Abigail Booth Gerdts. Record of Works by Winslow Homer. New York, 2005: II: no. 458, p. 236