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On the Bluff at Long Branch, At the Bathing Hour

Winslow Homer

American Art

After the Civil War, Long Branch became one of the leading playgrounds of the Atlantic seaboard, attracting visitors from the fashionable and theatrical world, although it never enjoyed the exclusivity of Newport or Saratoga. In Homer’s vivid image, a bevy of windblown, fashionable ingenues, drawn by the white flag announcing calm water, approach the steep wooden staircase that led from the top of the high sand dunes known as the Bluff to the bathhouses on the wide beach below. Many of these pictorial motifs also appear in one of Homer’s most famous oil paintings, The Beach at Long Branch, 1869 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).
MEDIUM Wood engraving
DATES 1870
DIMENSIONS Image: 9 x 13 3/4 in. (22.9 x 34.9 cm) Sheet: 10 3/8 x 15 5/8 in. (26.4 x 39.7 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)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Harvey Isbitts
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Page from Harper's Weekly, August 6, 1870, vol. XIV, p. 504
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). On the Bluff at Long Branch, At the Bathing Hour, 1870. Wood engraving, Image: 9 x 13 3/4 in. (22.9 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.154 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.105.154_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1998.105.154_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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