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The Bathe at Newport

Winslow Homer

American Art

After the Civil War, Newport became a primary summer resort for the wealthiest elite, whose rivalry in building summer mansions created the extraordinary architectural display that draws visitors today. Homer’s view focuses on a crowd of less exalted visitors, however, who frolic in the surf with abandon, as the text notes: “The fortunate few who have mingled in the gay bathing parties at Newport may seek for their likenesses in the picture which represents a dip in the surf. . . . Such pictures need no text. They tell their own story.”
MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1858
DIMENSIONS Image: 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. (23.5 x 34.9 cm) Sheet: 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 in. (29.8 x 40.3 cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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