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Boy with Anchor

Boy with Anchor

1873

Winslow Homer

(American, 1836-1910)

Watercolor and gouache with graphite

Support: Beige(2) wove paper

Sheet: 19.4 x 34.9 cm (7 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1954.128

Description

Like A Fisherman’s Daughter, this watercolor belongs to a series of works depicting the children of Gloucester, the nation’s busiest seaport. At this time, fishing had become extremely hazardous, as boats ventured ever further offshore to haul in large catches. The massive anchor pointing toward the sea foreshadows the weight of the boy’s maritime destiny.

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