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"Dad's Coming!"

Winslow Homer

American Art

Homer spent the summer of 1873 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. On Sunday, August 24, an especially strong storm claimed nine boats and the lives of 128 men. This image was most likely inspired by that incident. The life of a fisherman was always dangerous, and storms and danger were constantly in the minds of the women and children left behind. One cannot resist speculating that the boy, with his straw hat as a symbol of his innocence, will himself soon be on one of those boats with someone waiting behind watching for him.

MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1873
DIMENSIONS Image: 9 1/4 x 13 5/8 in. (23.5 x 34.6 cm) Sheet: 11 3/8 x 15 7/8 in. (28.9 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)
INSCRIPTIONS In caption: "DRAWN BY WINSLOW HOMER"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.105.181
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
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