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‘Prisoners from the Front’, 1866

Homer shows a group of muddy, dishevelled Confederate soldiers being held by Brigadier General Francis Channing Barlow following the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, in May 1864.

Image: Winslow Homer, 'Prisoners from the Front', 1866 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

‘The Gulf Stream’, 1899 reworked by 1906

Homer sketched this image during the first of what were to be many trips to the Caribbean. This is a dramatic sight: a boat lurching on the waves, a stormy sea, the skyline intermittently hidden from view.

Image: Winslow Homer, 'The Gulf Stream', 1899; reworked by 1906 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Right and Left, 1909

Nature was important to Homer. He sought out and painted in rural locations. He liked being outdoors and enjoyed outdoor pursuits alongside his brother and friends: fishing, hunting and walking.

This striking painting, a wonderful study of goldeneye ducks, is unusual in that the birds are right in front of us, painted in detail.

Image: Winslow Homer, 'Right and Left', 1909 Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
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