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Girl Seated on a Rail Fence

Winslow Homer

American Art

Created while the artist was visiting a friend’s country residence in upstate New York, these two drawings evince the immediacy of on-the-spot sketches. Winslow Homer described his rustic subjects with nimble and economical strokes of his pencil that capture the overall impression with minimal detail.

Rural children were a favorite subject for Homer and American audiences in this period. Their popularity was fueled by post–Civil War optimism, as well as nostalgia for pastoral life in the face of rampant industrialization and urbanization.
MEDIUM Graphite with opaque white washes on beige medium weight, slightly textured wove paper
DATES ca. 1878
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 6 11/16 x 8 1/16 in. (17 x 20.5 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Inscription in graphite on verso, top center: "Winslow Homer"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Frederick Loeser Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Girl Seated on a Rail Fence, ca. 1878. Graphite with opaque white washes on beige medium weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 6 11/16 x 8 1/16 in. (17 x 20.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frederick Loeser Fund, 28.210 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 28.210_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 28.210_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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