"Orrin, Make Haste, I Am Perishing!"
Jessie clings desperately to a tree trunk in the chill waters into which she plunged when the rail of the old wooden bridge collapsed under her weight. Moments earlier she had contemplated the bleakness of her—to one man (Roy) and attracted to his cousin (Orrin). Now, however, she realizes how precious life is and calls for Orrin to rescue her. The emotional oppressiveness is heightened by the shape of the bridge, which confines Jessie within the compositional space. As in later works, Homer lavished a great deal of attention here on purely abstract passages of the composition such as the reflective and transparent properties of the water.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1868
- Dimensions: Image: 4 3/4 x 7 in. (12.1 x 17.8 cm) Sheet: 5 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (14.6 x 22.5 cm) Frame: 15 x 20 x 1 1/2 in. (38.1 x 50.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.115
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). "Orrin, Make Haste, I Am Perishing!," 1868. Wood engraving, Image: 4 3/4 x 7 in. (12.1 x 17.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.115
- Record Completeness: Good (62%)