Schooner At Sunset
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Schooner at Sunset
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper
25 x 35 cm (9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black ink, l.r.: Homer 1880
  • inscription: verso, graphite: No. 6 [L? 02 or LOL?]-A / 13 3/4 x 9 3/4
  • inscription: verso, blue pencil: [encircled:] 7
  • inscription: verso, graphite: C.23611
  • inscription: verso, lower edge, graphite: Gloucester Single [L--?]
Artist's bequest to Charles S. Homer, Jr., New York, 1910; his bequest to his wife, 1917; her bequest to Arthur P. and Charles L. Homer, 1937; with William Macbeth, Inc., New York; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, 1940; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 19

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer, American Artist: His World and His Work, C. N. Potter (New York, NY, 1961), p. 249, reproduced p. 29

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith, and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), p. 242

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. 101, ill.

Patti Hannaway, Winslow Homer in the Tropics, Westover Publishing Company (Richmond, VA, 1973), pp. 142 - 143, plate 1

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-271, p. 298

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 73, 74, 247; reproduced in color fig. 61

D. Scott Atkinson, Winslow Homer in Gloucester, exh. cat., Terra Museum of American Art (Chicago, IL, 1990), pg. 60, no. 26

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), p. 232

Vincent Pomarède, "La Collection Winthrop: A la recherche de la beauté pure", L'Estampille/L'Objet d'art (April 2003), no. 379, pp. 34-45, repr. p. 44 (color)

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), pp. 446-47, cat. 200, ill.

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), pp. 460-61, cat. 200, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Watercolors and Pastels 1875-1950 at the Fogg Art Museum, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Sophie Lévy, ed., Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, exh. cat., Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny, 2006), pp. 26-27, fig. 1

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. 152, cat. no. 116, reproduced in color, p. 153

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 48

Exhibition History

Century Loan Exhibition as a Memorial to Winslow Homer, Prout's Neck Association, Prout's Neck, 07/18/1936 - 08/02/1936

Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1944 - 11/01/1944

Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948

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

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, Musée d'Art Américain, 27620 Giverny, 06/18/2006 - 09/24/2006

American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950, at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/2006 - 06/25/2006

32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/07/2017 - 07/11/2017

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