Returning Fishing Boats

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American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Returning Fishing Boats, 1883
Former Title: Sailing Home at Sunset, Tynemouth
19th century
Watercolor and white gouache over graphite on off-white wove paper
40.9 x 63.3 cm (16 1/8 x 24 15/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Gift
, 1939.233
signed: watercolor, l.l.: Winslow Homer 1883
inscription: nothing on verso
Horace D. Chapin, Boston, before 1911; private collector, c. 1936.
Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer, "An American Artist in England", The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (November 1883), vol. 27 (n.s. vol. 5), pp. 13-21, p. 18

Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer, Six Portraits, Houghton Mifflin Company (New York, NY, 1889), p. 255

William Howe Downes, The Life and Works of Winslow Homer, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1911), pp. 99-108, reproduced in b/w facing p. 104

Copley Society, Copley Society Catalogue of Paintings in Water Color by Winslow Homer, John S. Sargent, Dodge MacKnight, exh. cat., (Boston, MA, 1921), cat.44

Theodore Bolton, "Water Colors by Homer: Critique and Catalogue", Fine Arts (formerly known as The Antiquarian) (April 1932), pp. 16-20+, pg. 50

Charles R. Henschel, Winslow Homer 1836-1910: Loan Exhibition of Water Colours Commemorating the Centenary of His Birth, exh. cat., M. Knoedler & and Co. (New York, 1936), cat. 6

Ann Hamilton Sayre, "Centennial of Homer Watercolors", Art News (January 25, 1936), pp.5-6, 12, 5-6, repro.

Homer Saint-Gaudens, Centenary Exhibition of Works of Winslow Homer, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, PA, 1937), cat. 127

Forbes Watson, Winslow Homer, Crown Publishers Inc. (New York, 1942), pg. 88, repro.

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, MacMillan (New York, NY, 1944), pg. 79, repro. 22 of pl.

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-269, p. 297

Abigail Booth Gerdts, Winslow Homer in Monochrome, exh. cat., Knoedler & and Co. Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), p. 86

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 113, 119, 161, n. 14, 250; reproduced in color fig. 106

Tony Knipe, ed., Winslow Homer: All the Cullercoats Pictures, exh. cat., ed. Tony Knipe Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (Sunderland, UK, 1988), pg. 107, repro. 91

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), p. 58

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Winslow Homer Watercolors, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), reproduced in color pl. 43

Sue Welsh Reed and Carol Troyen, Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent, and the Great American Watercolor, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1993), pg. 113, no. 1

Peter Neill, On a Painted Ocean: Art of the Seven Seas, New York University Press (New York, NY, 1995), reproduced in color, pp. 128-129

Ken Chowder, "Winslow Homer: the Quintessential American Artist", Smithsonian (Washington, D.C., October 1995), vol. 26, 116-129, reproduced in color, p. 116

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), p. 216-219, reproduced as catalogue no. 125, p. 216

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in Cullercoats, Station Press (Port Seton, UK, 1995), pp70, 114, repro.

David Cordingly, Ships and Seascapes: An Introduction to Maritime Prints, Drawings and Watercolors, Philip Wilson (London, 1997), reproduced in b/w p. 130

Miles Unger, The Watercolors of Winslow Homer, W. W. Norton & and Company (New York, 2001), pg. 221, repro. 96-97.

Tony Harrison, Winslow Homer in England, Hornby Editions (Ocean Park, ME, 2004), pp iii, 119, 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

Martha Tedeschi and Kristi Dahm, Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press (Chicago, 2008), pp. 97, 100-101, 106, 108, fig. b (p. 101)

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. 161-62, cat. no. 123, reproduced in color

Otto Ocvirk, Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice, McGraw-Hill Higher Education (New York, NY, 2008), p 228, fig. 8.5

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. pp. 16-17

Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/08/1911 - 03/08/1911
Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 06/01/1924 - 08/31/1924
Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910: Loan Exhibition of Watercolors Commemorating the Centenary of his Birth, Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York, 01/20/1936 - 02/08/1936, no. 6
Centenary Exhibition of Works of Winslow Homer, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 01/28/1937 - 03/07/1937, no. 127
Water Colors by Winslow Homer, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, 05/11/1940 - 06/10/1940, no. 12
Winslow Homer, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, 11/16/1944 - 12/17/1944, no. 38
Winslow Homer Watercolors, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 03/02/1986 - 05/11/1986; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 06/06/1986 - 07/27/1986; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 09/11/1986 - 11/02/1986
Winslow Homer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/15/1995 - 01/28/1996; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 02/21/1996 - 05/26/1996
Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea, Musée d'Art Américain, 27620 Giverny, 06/18/2006 - 09/24/2006
Sixteenth Annual Exhibition, American Water Color Society, New York, 01/29/1883 - 02/25/1883, no. 32
Unidentified Exhibition, Doll and Richards, 1883, Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston, 12/01/1883 - 12/15/1883, no. 45
Paintings in Water Color by Winslow Homer, John S. Sargent, Dodge MacKnight, Copley Society of Boston, 03/05/1921 - 03/22/1921, no. 44
Water Colors by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1932 - 06/15/1932, no. 23
Paintings and Drawings by Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1936 - 06/30/1986, no. 21
Unidentified Exhibition, Mead Art Gallery, 1940, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, 04/25/1940 - 05/09/1940
Watercolors by Winslow Homer, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/09/1944 - 11/01/1944
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
Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 02/16/2008 - 05/11/2008