This section provides several chronologies related to the artist's life and work, in addition to an accession history highlighting donations of works by Homer to the National Gallery of Art, a PDF checklist of works in the exhibition Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art, and some suggested resources for further study.
VISUAL CHRONOLOGY OF REPRESENTATIVE WORKS BY WINSLOW HOMER
Links to all works by Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art
Accession history of the National Gallery's Winslow Homer collection
Exhibition checklist of works in Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art
Slideshow of 35 selected works in the exhibition (requires Flash)
American Art 1785–1926: Seven Artist Profiles (DVD), National Gallery of Art, 2001.
Winslow Homer (exhibition catalogue), by Nicolai Cikovsky Jr. and Franklin Kelly, National Gallery of Art and Yale University Press, 1995.
Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist (film), National Gallery of Art, 1986.
Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist (video guide), by Charles M. Brock, National Gallery of Art, 1986.
Winslow Homer in the National Gallery of Art (exhibition brochure), National Gallery of Art, 2005.
Loan programs available from the Department of Education Resources
1836 Born in Boston
1842 Family moves to Cambridge
1855 Begins two-year apprenticeship in the Boston lithography shop of John H. Bufford
1857 Becomes a freelance illustrator
1859 Moves to New York City and attends drawing classes at the National Academy of Design
1861 Sent to front as an artist-correspondent at the start of the Civil War
1863 Debuts as professional painter at the National Academy of Design's annual exhibition
1865 Elected full academician of National Academy of Design
1866 Sails for France for ten months and exhibits two paintings at the Universal Exposition in Paris
1873 Begins first series of watercolors in Gloucester, Massachusetts
1875 Gives up illustration and relies on sale of watercolors for income
1878 Visits Houghton Farm, New York
1881 Spends twenty months in the fishing village of Cullercoats, England, on the North Sea
1882 Returns to New York; continues working on English subjects
1883 Settles permanently at Prouts' Neck, Maine
1884 Begins regular winter trips to the tropics (the Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, and Bermuda)
1894 Exhibits 15 paintings at the Chicago World's Fair; awarded gold medal
1889 Begins regular visits to the Adirondacks to fish and paint
1900 Awarded gold medal at the Paris Exposition
1910 Dies in his Prout's Neck studio at age 74