Shepherdess Tending Sheep
This work from the Houghton Farm series demonstrates Winslow Homer’s remarkable ability to use watercolor as both a descriptive and an expressive medium. The dark sky, rendered with carefully modulated gray washes, casts a moody, ominous tone over the idyllic pastoral subject of a shepherdess tending her flock.
- Artist: Winslow Homer, American, 1836-1910
- Medium: Watercolor over graphite with touches of opaque watercolor on cream, thick, rough textured paper
- Dates: 1878
- Dimensions: 11 9/16 x 19 3/4 in. (29.4 x 50.2cm) Frame: 18 x 24 x 1 1/2 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "Winslow Homer 1878"
- Inscriptions: On verso, two inscriptions in graphite: "H. C. Valentine / 58 W 20th" and "light buff"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 41.1088
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Shepherdess Tending Sheep, 1878. Watercolor over graphite with touches of opaque watercolor on cream, thick, rough textured paper, 11 9/16 x 19 3/4 in. (29.4 x 50.2cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 41.1088
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)