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Chuck’s Salon: D’Amour Museum of Fine Art (Homer & Sargent)

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This series Chuck talks about Winslow Homer’s “Promenade on the Beach” and John Singer Sargent’s “Glacier Streams, The Stimplan”

Below you will find a copy of the letter Homer wrote to Springfield art collector George Walter Vincent Smith about “Promenade” from the Springfield Museums collection.

Description:
The two women in Winslow Homer’s “Promenade on the Beach,” completed in 1880, were the topic of a letter from Homer to George Walter Vincent Smith, an art collector in Springfield. Smith was an intermediary between Homer and Isaac Mills, a prominent Springfield businessman who owned the painting and wanted to know about the identity and motivation of the women.

The letter reads as follows:

My Dear Mr. Smith,

My painting represents the Eastern Shore at sunset. The long line from the girls is the shadow from the sun.

The girls are “somebody in particular” and I can vouch for their good moral character. They are looking at anything that you wish to have them look at, but it must be something at sea and a very proper and appropriate object for girls to be interested in. The schooner is a Gloucester Fisherman.

Hoping this will make everything clear, believe me most.

Respectfully Yours,

Winslow Homer

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