Mink Pond
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Winslow Homer, American (Boston, MA 1836 - 1910 Prouts Neck, ME)
Mink Pond
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor over graphite on heavy white wove paper
35.2 x 50.8 cm (13 7/8 x 20 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: red gouache, l.r.: Mink Pond 1891/Winslow Homer
  • inscription: verso, top edge, black chalk: F. S. Church 4 in gold mat & 1/2 oak frame
  • inscription: verso, upper right, black chalk: Wed. Eve ---- without / fail
  • inscription: verso, upper right, graphite: [ ] 5/8 # 209 1/2 21 3/4 x 27 3/4 / 13 3/4 x 19 3/4
Artist's gift to his brother Charles S. Homer, Jr., New York, 1892; his bequest to his wife, 1917; her bequest to Arthur P. Homer, Townsend, Mass., 1937; his bequest to his wife, 1940; purchased by [William Macbeth, Inc., NY, 1941]; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, 1941; 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

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer Centenary Exhibition, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, 1936), no. 70

Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, MacMillan (New York, NY, 1944), p. 117, pl. 35

James Whitney Fosburgh, Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks, exh. cat., Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake, NY, 1959), p. 25, cat. 73, ill.

Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer, American Artist: His World and His Work, C. N. Potter (New York, NY, 1961), p. 248, ill. p. 231

Jean Gould, Winslow Homer: A Portrait, Dodd, Mead and Co. (New York, 1962), p. 239

Philip C. Beam, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1966), p. 164,fig. 64

James Thomas Flexner, The World of Winslow Homer, 1836 - 1910, Time-Life Books (New York, NY, 1966), p. 129, ill.

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. 176, cat. 115, ill. p. 177

Gottfried Lindemann, Prints and Drawings: A Pictorial History, Praeger (New York, NY, 1970), p. 279, ill. p. 277

John Wilmerding, Winslow Homer, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY, 1972), p. 199, pl. 35

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. 104, ill.

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1976), p. 245, fig. 203

Donelson F. Hoopes, American Watercolor Painting, Watson-Guptill Publications (New York, NY, 1977), pp. 61, 104, pl. 8

Mary Sayre Haverstock, An American Bestiary, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), pp. 111-112, ill. p. 113

Gordon Hendricks, The Life and Work of Winslow Homer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1979), CL-265, p. 297, pl. 45

Lee Eisenberg and DeCourcy Taylor, The Ultimate Fishing Book, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA, 1981), ill. p. 94

Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), p. 251, cat. 294, ill.

Helen A. Cooper, Winslow Homer Watercolors, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press (Washington, D.C. and New Haven, CT, 1986), pp. 174, 252, fig. 160

Kate F. Jennings, Winslow Homer, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1990), pp. 84-85

David Tatham, "Winslow Homer at the North Woods Club", Winslow Homer: A Symposium. Studies in the History of Art, no. 26, ed. Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1990), p. 124, fig. 10

Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Winslow Homer Watercolors, Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc. (New York, NY, 1991), pl. 54

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), p. 116

David Tatham, Fishing in the North Woods: Winslow Homer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Universe Publishing (Boston, 1995), ill. p. 45

Kate F. Jennings, American Watercolors, Crescent Books (New York, NY, 1995), pp. 60-61

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), pp. 292- 293, fig. 198

David Tatham, Winslow Homer in the Adirondacks, Syracuse University Press (Syracuse, NY, 1996), pp. 92, 122, 141, ill. p. 84, ill. p. 15, pl. 17

Miles Unger, The Watercolors of Winslow Homer, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, 2001), pp. 19, 193, 220, ill. pp. 168-169

Patricia Junker and Sarah Burns, Winslow Homer: Artist and Angler, exh. cat., Amon Carter Museum/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Fort Worth, TX and San Francisco, CA, 2002), p. 116, fig. 56

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. 463-464, cat. 202, ill.

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. 449-450, cat. 2012, ill.

Christopher Riopelle, Harvard's Winthrop Collection: Nineteenth-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery Company Limited (London, 2003), p. 45, cat. 32, 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

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. 168-169, cat. 128, ill.

Martha Tedeschi and Kristi Dahm, Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press (Chicago, 2008), p. 139, fig. 7

Gabrielle Townsend, Winslow Homer Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. pp. 5 (detail), 82

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "American Watercolors and Pastels, 1875-1950", American Art Review (April 2006), XVIII, no. 2, pp. 88-93, ill. p. 91

Eliza Mason Webster, "Die berühmten Graphiksammlungen der Welt (17): Graphik im Fogg Art Museum Cambridge, USA", Westermanns Montshefte, Georg Westermann Verlag (Braunschweig, Germany, December 1968), vol. 109, no. 12, pp. 74-79, p. 79, ill. p. 77, fig. 3

Jon R. Luoma, "Clouds over Canoe Country", Sciences (January 1984 - February 1984), vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 28-37, ill. p. 30

Mary Sayre Haverstock, "An American Bestiary", Art in America (July 1970 - August 1970), vol. LVIII, no. 4, pp. 38-71, p. 60, ill. p. 61

John Wilmerding, "Harvard and American Art", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 490-495, p. 492, pl. XXIII

Todd Wilkinson, "Winslow Homer: The Essence of Wildlife Art", Wildlife Art News (May-June 1990), pp. 64-71., pp. 64-71, ill. p. 66

William K. Verner, "Adirondack Park: A Painterly Celebration of the First Wilderness Preserve.", Wilderness (Summer 1985), pp. 22-33, p. 33

Exhibition History

Sixth Annual Loan Exhibition: American Paintings Never Before Exhibited, New York Athletic Club, New York, 01/01/1892 - 12/31/1892

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

Winslow Homer Centenary Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 12/15/1936 - 01/15/1937

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

Rivers and Seas: Changing Attitudes toward Landscape, 1700-1962, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/26/1962 - 07/16/1962

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

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

Apollo's Laurels, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/1978 - 10/04/1978

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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