Chestnut gathering was a favorite autumn activity of rural children. In 1877 the writer Charles Dudley Warner noted, “One of the best things in farming is gathering the chestnuts, hickory-nuts, butternuts, and even beech-nuts, in the late fall, after the frosts have cracked the husks and the high winds shaken them, and the colored leaves have strewed the ground.” Here the boys climb to pick the nuts, while the girls watch.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1870
- Dimensions: Sheet: 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.8 x 22.2 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: 1998.105.157
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Chestnutting, 1870. Wood engraving, Sheet: 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (29.8 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.157
- Record Completeness: Good (63%)