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


Surf and Rocks Near Cannon Rock, Prouts Neck

Creation Date



19th century


17 1/4 in. x 23 3/8 in. (43.81 cm. x 59.4 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

charcoal and chalk on paper

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund


Public Domain

Accession Number

Winslow Homer spent the final years of his life in Prouts Neck, Maine, and created some of his most accomplished and serene works there. In 1884, he moved into his new studio building on the peninsula and enjoyed the jagged, fantastic rock formations and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean that the site still offers today. His accuracy in depicting an area near Cannon Rock testifies to Homer’s intense interest in the particulars of his surroundings and illustrates the seemingly unlimited opportunities Prouts Neck offered thanks to constantly changing weather and tidal conditions. The bold lines of this drawing harken back to his experience as a graphic artist and illustrator. However, the dramatic image of the wave crashing against the rocks is evocative of the powerful images of untamed nature characteristic of Homer’s later works.

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