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Ship-Building, Gloucester Harbor

Winslow Homer

American Art

As the men build the big ships in this image, the boys play with their small ones in the foreground. “Gloucester boys who wanted to see what else there was to schooner building would visit a shipyard,” one local historian wrote, “and walk ankle deep in chips from the great pine sticks that the skillful axemen would be hewing into masts for the schooner a-building for some famous skipper of the port.”

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1873
DIMENSIONS Image: 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. (23.8 x 34.6 cm) Sheet: 11 1/4 x 15 5/8 in. (28.6 x 39.7 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS In caption: "DRAWN BY WINSLOW HOMER"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.105.180
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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