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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.

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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