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
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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