The Robin's Note
Because this engraving did not accompany a literary text or topical news, Homer was able to use a more personal style. His artistic freedom is most strongly felt in the structure of the composition, in which simple, geometric shapes invigorate the pictorial space in a strong pattern of lights and darks, and diagonal and vertical lines. A brief note of appreciation about the “charming summer picture, half picture and half poem” appeared inside the magazine.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1870
- Dimensions: Image: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (22.5 x 23.5 cm) Sheet: 10 5/8 x 14 5/8 in. (27 x 37.1 cm) Frame: 22 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (57.8 x 42.5 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "HOMER"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.155
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). The Robin's Note, 1870. Wood engraving, Image: 8 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (22.5 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.155
- Record Completeness: Good (65%)