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Horizontal view of a fisherman standing on a fallen tree trunk and casting his rod into a river or lake in the foreground, a dense forest of fir trees fills the middleground at the far side of the water's bank, and a view of white clouds and distant mountains fills the background.

This object is full of stories

Homer was an avid fisherman and a master of watercolor. Fortunately, he was able to combine his avocation with his profession. Through a combination of broad strokes, soakings, and calligraphic gestures, he was able to convey this wilderness scene and to express the serenity of man in harmony with his majestic surroundings.
Beginning in 1912, Winslow Homer’s brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Savage Homer Jr., donated to the museum over 250 drawings from Homer’s studio in Prouts Neck, Maine, and 22 oil paintings hanging in their home. Charles was acquainted with the Hewitt sisters and also knew the painter Elliot Clark, who was acquiring American drawings on the Hewitt sisters’ behalf. With the acquisition of additional material, the museum now holds the largest group of works by Homer in any private or public collection.

This is a drawing from United States. It is dated 1895 and we acquired it in 1912. Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr..

Its medium is

brush and black, gray wash, white gouache, charcoal on gray-green wove paper

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 30.5 x 50.6cm (12 x 19 15/16in.) Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.) Frame H x W x D: 60 x 75.6 x 2.5 cm (23 5/8 in. x 29 3/4 in. x 1 in.)

It has the following markings

Stamped in ink, verso, center: Cooper Union Museum New York.

It is signed

Signed in brush and black wash, lower right corner: W. H.

This object was created by Winslow Homer

This object was catalogued by Adrienne Sturbois , Amanda Sarroff , Dr. Gail Davidson and Samantha Finch and donated by Charles Savage Homer, Jr.

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18175435/ |title=Drawing, "Fisherman in the Adirondacks", 1895 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=20 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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