August in the Country--The Sea Shore
August . . . at the Seaside: . . . The scene by the sea-side—the dolce far niente—the hunt for crustacea—the hour spent in sketching the distant schooner—the delightful tetes-a-tete— are they not all written in our memories?
Accompanied by such nostalgic musings, this image and the illustration Country Life in Summer: The Bathe at Newport are Homer’s earliest images of seaside recreation. Their busy compositions, filled with figural anecdotes drawn from the conventions of humorous genre painting and caricature, offer a marked contrast to the more sophisticated representation of seaside episodes in the designs that the artist created a decade later.
Image: 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm)
Sheet: 11 1/4 x 16 in. (28.6 x 40.6 cm)
Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). August in the Country--The Sea Shore, 1859. Wood engraving, Image: 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.27 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.27_bw.jpg)
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