What Shall We Do Next?
In this croquet subject, Homer explored the issue of modernity by contrasting country and city “types.” The more sedate, conservative country girls remain on the porch, dutifully attending to sewing or simply watching their fashionably dressed, more adventurous counterparts. The restlessness of the city girls is emphasized by the caption—”What Shall We Do Next?”—while the restraint and discipline of country life is suggested by the young woman on the left who sits erect in her straight-backed chair, ignoring the visitors from the city.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1869
- Dimensions: Image: 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm) Sheet: 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (26.7 x 41.9 cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (42.5 x 57.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.131
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). What Shall We Do Next?, 1869. Wood engraving, Image: 9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.131
- Catalogue Description: Page from Harper's Bazar: A Repository of Fashion, Pleasure and Instruction, July 31, 1869, vol. II, p. 488
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)