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Inscription

lower left in black watercolor: HOMER 1878; lower center verso in graphite by unknown hand: not deciphered

Provenance

Henry C. Valentine, New York, c. 1879; Grace Barrett Valentine (Mrs. Henry C. Valentine), Darien, CT, nd; Charles R. Henschel, New York, c. 1943; Ruth K. Henschel (Mrs. Charles R. Henschel), New York, 1956; gift to NGA, 1975.

Exhibition History
1879
The Century Association, New York, 11 Jan. 1879, no. 53 (as On a Dairy Farm) [?]
1944
Oils and Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 3 Oct.-2 Nov. 1944
1962
Water Colors by Winslow Homer from the Collection of Mrs. Charles R. Henschel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 6 July-12 Sept. 1962, no. 1
1963
Winslow Homer in New York State, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, 29 June-22 Aug. 1963, no. 25
1966
Watercolors by Winslow Homer 1836-1910, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 7 July-28 Aug. 1966, no. 11
1975
Winslow Homer (1836-1910): Watercolors, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 28 Sept - 14 Dec, 1975.
1995
Winslow Homer, National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1995-1996, 118-120, no. 53.
2005
Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2005-2006, unnumbered brochure.
Bibliography
1995
Winslow Homer. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1995-1996: no. 53.
2000
Simpson, Marc. "Revelations for the Eye: Winslow Homer's Milkmaids." Belvedere vol. 1, (2000): 96, repro.
2001
Unger, Miles. The Watercolors of Winslow Homer. New York, 2001: 52, 58-59.
2008
Goodrich, Lloyd and Abigail Booth Gerdts. Record of Works by Winslow Homer. New York, 2008: vol. III, no. 672, p.113