George Blake's Letter
Susan has recently learned that her fiancé, Tom Collinson, is returning to claim her as his bride. Sadly, she reads a letter from her true love, George Blake, in which he entreats her for one final meeting before she marries. The novel ends happily, however, with Portia and Josselin married and wealthy, and Susan and George destined to be together because Collinson’s shady past is revealed. Of the five illustrations Homer produced for this novel, only this one approaches his work in oils in terms of its pictorial strength and depth of feeling, and indeed, it bears striking similarity to a number of his canvases depicting solitary women dating from the early 1870s.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Wood engraving
- Dates: 1870
- Dimensions: Sheet: 9 x 5 5/8 in. (22.9 x 14.3 cm) Image: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (16.5 x 11.4 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Lower left, below image: "Drawn by Winslow Homer."
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1998.105.142
- Credit Line: Gift of Harvey Isbitts
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). George Blake's Letter, 1870. Wood engraving, Sheet: 9 x 5 5/8 in. (22.9 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Harvey Isbitts, 1998.105.142
- Catalogue Description: Illustration for Annie Edwards's "Susan Fielding," from The Galaxy, January 1870, vol. XI, p. 258, frontispiece
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)