A Clam-Bake

A Clam-Bake

1873

Winslow Homer

(American, 1836-1910)

Watercolor, gouache, and graphite

Sheet: 19.7 x 34.6 cm (7 3/4 x 13 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Homer H. Johnson 1945.229

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During the first part of his career, Winslow Homer supported himself as an illustrator, but in the early 1870s he found that he could make a good living through the sale of his watercolors. His early watercolors, such as this one of boys on a beach at Gloucester, Massachusetts, show a tentative use of the technique and often have the effect of colored line drawings. Homer later combined the composition of this watercolor with other sketches to produce the illustration A Clam-Bake, which appeared in Harper's Weekly on August 23, 1873.

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