Key West, Negro Cabins and Palms
Key West, Florida, just ninety-two miles from Havana, was a center of Cuban revolutionary agitation leading up to the Spanish-American War of 1898—the same year Winslow Homer made this image of black workers on the small island. In the late nineteenth century, Key West’s strategic location at the north of the Caribbean basin stimulated investment and construction. By the 1890s it had a population of more than 18,000, of whom at least a third were Cuban-born. Four thousand of these individuals were of African descent.
Cayo Hueso, Florida, tan solo a noventa y dos millas de La Habana, fue un centro de agitación revolucionaria de Cuba, ocasionando la Guerra hispano-estadounidense de 1898, el mismo año en que Winslow Homer dibujó esta imagen de trabajadores negros en la pequeña isla. A finales del siglo diecinueve, la ubicación estratégica de Cayo Hueso, al norte de la cuenca del Caribe, estimuló inversiones y construccion. En los años de 1890, tenía una población de más de 18.000, de los cuales al menos un tercio eran cubanos. Cuatro mil de estos individuos eran de descendencia africana.
Watercolor over pencil
Sheet: 14 7/16 x 21 1/16 in. (36.7 x 53.5 cm)
frame: 24 x 30 x 1 1/4 in. (61 x 76.2 x 3.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right: "Homer 98"
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Key West, Negro Cabins and Palms, 1898. Watercolor over pencil, Sheet: 14 7/16 x 21 1/16 in. (36.7 x 53.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund and Special Subscription, 11.538 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.538_SL1.jpg)
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