Attributed to Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910) Home for Friendless Children, St. Marks Place
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Attributed to Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910)
Home for Friendless Children, St. Marks Place
Unsigned, titled, attributed, and dated ".../May 6/78" in a pencil inscription on the reverse.
Pencil on cream wove paper, 5 x 7 in. (12.6 x 17.5 cm), unmatted, unframed.
Condition: Toning, fox marks, small abrasion with breaks to paper fibers u.c., subtle handling creases.
N.B. This sketch relates to a tile measuring 8 x 8 inches painted by Winslow Homer which is included in the Record of Works by Winslow Homer, Volume III, catalog number 866+. The catalog description for the tile suggests that, due to the rough and sketch-like character of the scene, it was likely made by Homer at one of the Tile Club's Wednesday evening meetings. The entry also compares the subject matter with Homer's wash drawing, The Music Lesson, of 1880. The Tile Club was founded in 1877 as an informal group for comradery and conversation, and, in the first years, to informally paint tiles, an activity aligned with the popular aesthetic movement of the period. Membership was fluid but at various times included such artists as Edwin Austin Abbey, William Merritt Chase, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, John Twachtman, Elihu Vedder, and architect Stanford White. The group had largely disbanded by the late 1880s.
Inscription on the reverse is not in Homer's hand.
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