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Winslow Homer collection, 1863-1945

Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910

Painter, Etcher, Illustrator

The papers of painter Winslow Homer were digitized in 2005 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 196 images.

Funding for the re-processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Collection Information

Size: 78 items (0.2 linear ft.)

Summary: The Winslow Homer collection measures 0.2 linear feet with material that dates from 1863 and 1877 to 1945. The collection documents Homer's career as a painter and lithographer through letters, printed material, family records, and photographs.
Letters primarily document Homer's later career between 1890 and 1909. Included are an illustrated letter to the art collector George G. Briggs concerning frames, and twenty-six letters to art collector and friend, Thomas B. Clarke, discussing Homer's artwork, exhibitions, sale of his work, and his family. Many of the Clarke letters are transcribed. Also found are twelve letters to Louis Prang, a friend and successful chromolithographer, concerning Homer's drawing techniques and making drawings for Prang's use. Miscellaneous letters include a letter to cellist Emil Salinger, art editor Florence Fuller, and others, discussing his artwork. Marie "Midie" W. Blanchard was Homer's cousin and the folder of her letters includes a letter from Homer to her, and two letters from her to others about Homer.
This collection also contains photograph copies of four pages from the "Family Record" in the Homer family Bible, which records births, deaths, marriages, and locations of family members. The "Century Loan Exhibition" catalog is annotated throughout with notes regarding the exhibition and contains an introduction by Booth Tarkington. Also found is a newspaper clipping about Homer's artwork. Photographs include twenty albumen and cyanotype photographs, on two pages from a photo album, of Winslow Homer and family in various activities.

Biographical/Historical Note

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) was a painter and illustrator from Prouts Neck, Maine.


Acquired from various sources: Exhibition catalog and letter to Fuller donated 1954 and 1959 by Lawrence Fleischman; several letters donated by Charles Feinberg via Castano Galleries, 1957; letter to Emil Salinger donated 1961 by Edgar Salinger; photographs donated 1961 by Dorothy Adlow; letter to Homer's dealer donated 1966 by Jean Meissner and William T. Campbell; and 18 letters and receipts to Thomas B. Clarke donated 1979 by Joyce Tyler. Eight letters to Clarke were purchased 1989, with funds provided by the Joseph Coudon VII Memorial fund, established by Katherine Coudon, in memory of her son. Coudon acquired the letters from her mother, a collector of autograph letters. The letter to G. Briggs was donated by unknown source.

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Funding for the re-processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art