A View from the Shore: Winslow Homer’s Impressions of the Coast

Winslow Homer’s interest in describing the sea began well before his now famous marine paintings of the later 19th century.

He discovered Gloucester and Cape Ann after the Civil War and made a series of images for the popular press describing the area’s inhabitants and its natural beauty. The 35 images include early illustrations for periodicals including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly, as well as rare lithographs and large etchings made after Homer’s paintings. The exhibition defines Homer’s transition from an illustrator of the pre- and post war years through his travels abroad that mark his evolution to the pre-eminent American painter of the late 19th century.

Number of objects: 35
Installation Space: 200 linear feet
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