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A firefighter facing right and holds an unconscious young girl in a gurney as he carries her to safety. The girl's head rolls back, her right arm hangs down limply and the clutches a rope.

This is a drawing from United States. It is dated 1882–83 and we acquired it in 1912. Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr..

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Its medium is

charcoal, white chalk on cream wove paper, lined

Its dimensions are

44.9 x 28 cm (17 11/16 x 11 in.)

It has the following markings

Recto: Stamped in brown ink, at lower left corner: Museum for the Arts of Decoration Cooper Union [Lugt 457d]

It is inscribed

Recto: black chalk, lower left corner: The Life Line / First Sketch

This object was created by Winslow Homer

This object was catalogued by Calvin S. Hathaway and Amanda Sarroff and donated by Charles Savage Homer, Jr.

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=Drawing, The Life Line, 1882–83 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=29 July 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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