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American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Pitching Quoits, 1865
Former Title: The Quoit Players
Former Title: Zouaves Pitching Quoits
Former Title: Pitching Horsehoes
Painting
American
,
19th century
Oil on canvas
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.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Haines Curtiss
, 1940.298
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
,
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.
Bibliography
William Howe Downes, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1911), pp. 52-53, 82

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

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

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

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 & and 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

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), ill. p. 153

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

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

Exhibition History
Annual Exhibition, 1865, National Academy of Design, New York, 01/01/1865 - 12/31/1865, no. 460
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
Young America: Artists Under Forty, Brandeis University, Waltham, 06/06/1954 - 06/20/1954
Sport in Art, Time-Life Building, New York, 10/31/1955 - 11/04/1955; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 11/15/1955 - 12/15/1955; 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; 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
Winslow Homer: A Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/23/1958 - 01/04/1959; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 03/26/1959 - 05/03/1959
The Civil War, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/04/1961 - 12/17/1961; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/11/1962 - 02/25/1962
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, 69
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
Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
Winslow Homer: Paintings of the Civil War, Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Portland, 10/09/1988 - 12/18/1988; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 01/07/1989 - 03/12/1989
American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994, 55
Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/21/1996 - 05/26/1996
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
Sport in Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 06/15/1956 - 07/10/1956
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
Winslow Homer, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 09/08/1973 - 10/21/1973
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