Boy in Boat, Gloucester

A work made of transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper.

Date:

1880/81

Artist:

Winslow Homer
American, 1836-1910

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.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Winslow Homer

Title

Boy in Boat, Gloucester

Origin

United States

Date

1880–1881

Medium

Transparent watercolor, with touches of opaque watercolor and scraping, over graphite, on moderately thick, rough-textured, ivory wove paper

Inscriptions

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"

Dimensions

232 x 349 mm

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Reference Number

1933.1243

Extended information about this artwork

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