Overview

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Inscription

lower right: HOMER

Marks and Labels

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Provenance

By inheritance 1910 to the artist's brother, Charles Savage Homer, Jr.; by inheritance 1917 to his wife, Mrs. Charles Savage Homer, Jr.; given to John Wesley Beatty [1851-1924], Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;[1] by inheritance to his son, John Wesley Beatty, Jr. [1890-1963], Homewood, Pennsylvania;[2] bequest 1964 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967, no. 14.
1970
Extended loan for use by The White House, Washington, D.C., 1970-1974.
1985
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Stuart, U.S. Embassy residence, Oslo, Norway, 1985-1989.
1991
Extended loan for use by Secretary Lynn Martin, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., 1991-1993.
1993
Extended loan for use by Secretary Robert Reich, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., 1993-1997.
2000
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Philip Lader, U.S. Embassy residence, London, England, 2000-2001.
2002
Extended loan for use by Attorney General John Ashcroft, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 2002-2005.
2005
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Craig R. Stapleton, U.S. Embassy residence, Paris, France, 2005-2009.

Bibliography

1878
"The Arts." Appleton's Journal 14 (6 November 1878): 603.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 70, repro.
1979
Hendricks, Gordon. The Life and Work of Winslow Homer. New York, 1979: 101, 284, repro. 284.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 178, repro.
1981
Williams 1981, 172, repro.
1986
Wilmerding, John. "Winslow Homer's Dad's Coming." In John Wilmerding, ed. Essays in Honor of Paul Mellon, Collector and Benefactor. Washington, D.C., 1986: 399, repro. 398.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 204, repro.
1996
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 309-311, repro.
2005
Goodrich, Lloyd, edited and expanded by Abigail Booth Gerdts. Record of Works by Winslow Homer. 4 vols. New York, 2005: 2:no. 583, repro.

Technical Summary

The support is a fine, plain-weave fabric with a white ground. Infrared reflectography reveals a cursorily brushed underdrawing outlining the background trees and figure and a slight repositioning of the boy's right arm. X-radiography shows reserves for the boy's shadow and the trees. The sky was painted in two stages, and traction crackle in the upper pink layer reveals a lower blue layer of paint. In 1956, the painting was relined and the varnish thinned during restoration. Considerable inpainting covers the traction crackle in the sky and water, and reinforces the boat's prow and the foliage along the horizon. The varnish has not discolored.

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