Winslow Homer

Artist's Biography

The Life Line.

Etching, 1884.
Plate mark 12 7/8 x 17 3/4" (32.7 x 45 cm).
Very good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 32543
Price: $55,000.00
Publisher : Copyright 1887 by C. Klackner, 17 East 17th St., New York.
Inscribed within image "Copyright 1884 Winslow Homer." Remarque of an anchor between two dials, lower right. Publication line faintly visible lower center of the image.

Winslow Homer was apprenticed to J. H. Bufford a lithographic publisher in Boston. However, as an artist, he never took to lithography. He worked as an illustrator for "Harper's Weekly" and other publications in the 1860s and 1870s. The first recorded etching by Homer is "Girl Posing in a Chair" which Goodrich dated around 1875. It was a successful etching but a bit crude in its execution. There are likely other images that the artist worked on but did not save, as the leap in quality and control from 1875 to this image in 1884 only happens by working on many plates and perfecting one's etching technique. In total Homer produced nine etchings, seven relating to the sea, one portrait, and his last etching "Fly Fishing, Saranac Lake."

Unsigned. It is not known why the majority of this edition is unsigned. One impression in the Metropolitan Museum of Art printed in green ink is signed and numbered "106."

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18th-19th Century Subjects , Marine , Ship Wrecks