Fishing off Scarborough

A work made of graphite and opaque white watercolor, with traces of black chalk, on medium weight, slightly-textured, tan laid paper with blue and red fibers.
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  • A work made of graphite and opaque white watercolor, with traces of black chalk, on medium weight, slightly-textured, tan laid paper with blue and red fibers.

Date:

1882

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

About this artwork

During Homer’s sojourn in England from 1881 to 1882, he rented a studio on a cliff overlooking Cullercoats Harbor, where he observed the comings and goings of fishing boats. Fishing Off Scarborough shows two young women and two fishermen in a coble as it slices through coastal waters. Carefully rendered in graphite, the figures and fishing boat stand in contrast to Homer’s spontaneous, abstract representation of clouds, mist, and spray done in opaque white watercolor. In addition to employing graphite to describe concrete objects, Homer used his pencil to suggest abstract effects, such as smoke rising from the steamship in the right background. Fishing Off Scarborough served as the basis for Homer’s 1883 watercolor, Returning Fishing Boats, which the artist completed after his return to New York from England.

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Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

Fishing off Scarborough

Origin

United States

Date

1882

Medium

Graphite and opaque white watercolor, with traces of black chalk, on medium weight, slightly-textured, tan laid paper with blue and red fibers

Inscriptions

Signed recto, lower left, in graphite: "Winslow Homer/1882"

Dimensions

462 x 618 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1239

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