Pitching Quoits
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1940.298
People
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Title
Pitching Quoits
Other Titles
Former Title: The Quoit Players
Former Title: Zouaves Pitching Quoits
Former Title: Pitching Horsehoes
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1865
Culture
American
Location
Level 2, Room 2120, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
68 x 136.5 cm (26 3/4 x 53 3/4 in.)
frame: 99.1 x 167.6 x 9.2 cm (39 x 66 x 3 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: WINSLOW HOMER NY / 1865
Provenance
Miner and Somerville, New York, 1866, American artists sale; purchased by Abijah Curtiss, Yonkers-on-Hudson, NY; his gift to his son Frederic H. Curtiss, Boston, MA, by 1873.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Haines Curtiss
Accession Year
1940
Object Number
1940.298
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

William Howe Downes, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1911), pp. 52-53, 82

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, MacMillan (New York, NY, 1944), p. 21, pl. 5

American Processional: 1492-1950, exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1950), reproduced

American Processional, 1492-1900, exh. cat., The National Capital Sesquicentennial Commission and Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 1950), p. 248, cat. 251, ill. p. 175

Young America, Artists Under Forty, exh. cat., Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA, 1954), no. 6

American Federation of Arts, Sport in Art: From American Collections Assembled in an Olympic Year, exh. cat. (New York, NY, 1955), no. 50 (not reproduced)

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1958)

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer, American Artist: His World and His Work, C. N. Potter (New York, NY, 1961), reproduced p. 41

Hermann W. Williams, The Civil War: The Artists' Record, exh. cat., Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1961)

Bruce Catton, This Hallowed Ground: The Story of the Union Side of the Civil War; Special Illustrated Edition for Young Readers, Doubleday & Co. (Garden City, NY, 1962), reproduced in color p. 102

Highlights from the Collections of the Fogg Museum and Harvard Alumni of St. Louis, exh. cat., City Art Museum of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO, 1964), cat. 4

M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and San Francisco Museum of Art, Man: The Glory, Jest, and Riddle; A Survey of the Human Form through the Ages, exh. cat. (1964)

The Painter and the New World: Le peintre et le nouveau monde: A Survey of Painting from 1564 to 1867, Marking the Founding of the Canadian Confederation, exh. cat., The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, Canada, 1967), cat. 243, ill.

John Wilmerding, Winslow Homer, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY, 1972), pp. 43-44. reproduced in color plate III

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 69, ill.

Julian Grossman, Echo of a Distant Drum: Winslow Homer and the Civil War, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1974), pp. 107-113, 145-146, 149, 172

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), pps. 50, 58; fig. 72, b/w; p. 57; CL-268, p. 297

Lucretia Hoover Giese, "Winslow Homer: Painter of the Civil War" (Ph.D Diss., Harvard University, 1985), Unpublished, pp. 313-320

Lucretia Hoover Giese, "Winslow Homer's Civil War Painting 'The Initials,' a Little-Known Drawing and Related Works", American Art Journal (1986), vol. XVIII, no. 3, pp. 4-19., p. 16, fig. 11

Lucretia Hoover Giese, "Prisoners from the Front: An American History Painting?", Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War, ed. Marc A. Simpson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA, 1988), no. 14, pps. 209-215; reproduced in color p. 208

Doreen Bolger and Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., American Art Around 1900: Lectures in Honor of Daniel Fraad, National Gallery of Art/University Press of New England (Hanover, NH, 1990), reproduced in b/w p. 99

Mark Neely and Harold Holzer, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Civil War in Art, Orion Books (New York, NY, 1993), p. 284-285, reproduced in color

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 11, cat. 55

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr. and Franklin Kelly, Winslow Homer, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C.; New Haven, CT and London, England, 1995), reproduced in color, p. 54, no. 9

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 186, ill. p. 187

Henry Lie, Straus Center for Conservation Annual Report 1994-1995 (1996), p. 46

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 147, cat. no. 113, reproduced in color

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), ill. p. 153

Margaret C. Conrads, Bruce Robertson, and Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press, American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915, exh. cat., ed. Helen Barbara Weinberg and Carrie Rebora Barratt (New Haven and London, 2009), p. 84-5, fig. 79, ill.

Allen Guttmann, Sports and American Art From Benjamin West to Andy Warhol, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA, 2011), p. 96, repr. as plate 11

"Sport in Art", Time [magazine] (November 14, 1955)

[Unidentified article], Art Digest (October 1, 1937), p. 8, ill.

Exhibition History

Annual Exhibition, 1865, National Academy of Design, New York, 01/01/1865 - 12/31/1865

Unidentified Exhibition, MFA Boston, 1911, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/01/1911 - 12/31/1911

Sport in American Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/01/1944 - 12/31/1944

Exhibition of Works by Winslow Homer, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 02/19/1947 - 03/22/1947

A Loan Exhibition of Cézanne, Wildenstein Gallery, New York, New York, 03/27/1947 - 04/26/1947

American Processional: 1492-1900, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/01/1950 - 12/31/1950

Young America: Artists Under Forty, Brandeis University, Waltham, 06/06/1954 - 06/20/1954

Sport in Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/05/1956 - 01/30/1956; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 02/14/1956 - 03/10/1956; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, 03/25/1956 - 04/20/1956; Denver Art Museum, Denver, 05/05/1956 - 05/30/1956; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 06/15/1956 - 07/10/1956; California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 07/28/1956 - 09/09/1956; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, 10/08/1956 - 10/28/1956; Time-Life Building, New York, 10/31/1955 - 11/04/1955; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 11/15/1955 - 12/15/1955

American Paintings from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Boston, 02/21/1958 - 03/15/1958

Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 01/29/1959 - 03/08/1959; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/26/1959 - 05/03/1959; National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/23/1958 - 01/04/1959

The Civil War, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/11/1962 - 02/25/1962; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/04/1961 - 12/17/1961

Highlights from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/30/1964 - 03/01/1964

Man: The Glory, Jest, and Riddle, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 11/09/1964 - 01/03/1965

The Painter and the New World, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Montreal, 06/08/1967 - 07/30/1967

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Winslow Homer, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 04/03/1973 - 06/24/1973; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/03/1973 - 08/15/1973; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 09/08/1973 - 10/21/1973

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 01/07/1989 - 03/12/1989; Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Portland, 10/09/1988 - 12/18/1988

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/21/1996 - 05/26/1996

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/05/2009 - 01/24/2010

Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted