"All in the Gay and Golden Weather"
Much of the popular poetry of the late nineteenth century was not of the highest literary quality. Alice Cary’s “All in the Gay and Golden Weather” exemplifies the type of moralizing, pedestrian rhymes that told of the pitfalls of romance governed by solely the heat of passion. As the boat “sailed the way the river ran,” the couple, heedless of steering their own course, are carried by the current, unaware that they head for a nearby waterfall. Although the poem did not provide much in the way of inspiration, Homer chose to concentrate on the darker side of the theme, creating an emotional tension between the two figures that alerts the reader to the fact that the couple is destined to come to an unhappy end.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Engraver: James L. Langridge, born England ca. 1837, active United States ca. 1850-1880
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1869
- Dimensions: Image: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14 x 16.5 cm) Sheet: 10 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (27.6 x 20 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.128
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). "All in the Gay and Golden Weather," 1869. Wood engraving, Image: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (14 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.128
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)