Aug 25, 2004

Fire-Works on the Night of the Fourth of July

Fire-Works on the Night of the Fourth of July


Winslow Homer

(American, 1836–1910)

Wood engraving

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1942.1286

Catalogue raisonné: Foster 86



Winslow Homer focuses on the reaction of the spectators watching a New York City Fourth of July fireworks display instead of the pyrotechnics themselves. In the far distance, viewers seem to be looking upward. But in the foreground, a firework collides with a gentleman’s top hat causing visible dismay to the people nearby.

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