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Chestnutting

Winslow Homer

American Art

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.

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
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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
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