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Driftwood

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Winslow Homer painted Driftwood at the age of seventy-three. It was the last canvas completed by this prolific American artist and there is much evidence to suggest he conceived it as his final work of art, certain that he would never paint again. [1]Driftwood can thus be regarded as the...

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Inscription

Lower left: Homer/1909

Provenance

1909, consigned by the artist to M. Knoedler, New York; 1909, sold by M. Knoedler to Frank L. Babbott (1854-1933), Brooklyn; 1933, by descent to his daughter and son-in-law, Lydia Babbott Stokes and Dr. Samuel Emlen Stokes, Moorestown, New Jersey; before 1887, by descent to their daughter, Sally S. Venerable, Santa Fe, New Mexico; 1992, to the Sally S. Venerable Charitable Remainder Trust; 1993, sold by the Sally S. Venerable Charitable Remainder Trust to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 21, 1993)

Credit Line

Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund and other funds

1909

Dimensions

62.23 x 72.39 cm (24 1/2 x 28 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1993.564

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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