Homer's Tool: Bowdoin Watercolor Box (detail)

Among the items found in Homer’s studio are two Winsor and Newton “Japanned tin boxes” containing moist watercolor cakes. The container’s functional design and the qualities of the cakes affected the way in which Homer mixed and applied watercolor for this work.

Watercolor box owned by Winslow Homer, manufactured by Winsor and Newton, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, gift of the Homer Family, 1964.69.191.