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Winslow Homer (Boston, Massachusetts, 2/24/1836 - 9/29/1910, Prout's Neck, Maine)


The End of the Hunt

Creation Date



19th century


15 1/8 in. x 21 3/8 in. (38.4 cm. x 54.3 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper

Credit Line

Gift of the Misses Harriet Sarah and Mary Sophia Walker


Public Domain

Accession Number

Winslow Homer often vacationed in the Adirondacks, where he hunted and fished, and then captured the experience in watercolor. Following local traditions, hunters and their dogs often pursued the prey into the lake, where the deer would drown or be cornered by the hounds, then slain before being hauled into the boat. “The End of the Hunt” is rendered in a deep color scheme that conveys a full range of autumnal hues, from russets to yellow greens. In the central group only, the graphite under-drawing is noticeable. The stag’s head and horns, the hunters’ hats, even the craft’s oar--these deliberate passages complement other areas where Homer purposefully scraped the wet pigmented paper with a knife to create a sense of flowing water. In contrast, he relied on chance to render the forested hill and narrow riverbank by allowing the gray-green washes to bloom across the paper before drying and forming a pattern.

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