About this artwork
Homer began Boy in Boat, Gloucester while staying at the lighthouse on Ten Pound Island in the harbor of the fishing town Gloucester, Massachusetts. During his time in Gloucester, the artist frequently depicted local boys playing on boats, fishing, and waiting for their fathers to return from the sea. In this watercolor he began experimenting with scraping, revealing the white of the paper to create highlights in the large rock at right. Furthermore, he was developing his skill in transparent watercolor, which he used to great effect for the reflective surface of the water.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Winslow Homer
- Boy in Boat, Gloucester
- United States
- Transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper
- Signed recto, lower right, in graphite: "W.H. sketch" Inscribed verso, lower center, in graphite: "M.K.W.C. 1023-//Man in Boat, Coast of Maine"; upper center, in graphite: "24"; top, in black crayon crossed out in graphite: "No 18 vol-A"
- 232 × 349 mm
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection