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University Art Galleries’ Homer Exhibit Open Through March 22

The Forsyth Galleries exhibition features Winslow Homer’s early illustrations, rare lithographs and etchings.
By Molly Painter, University Art Galleries February 25, 2020

A Homer sketch called Dad's Coming! from 1873 in black-and-white depicting a mother and two children waiting onshore for an arriving sailor
Winslow Homer, “Dad’s Coming!” 1873; Syracuse University Art Collection, Gift of David Tatham


A View From the Shore: Winslow Homer’s Impressions of the Coast, an exhibition organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries, will be on display through March 22 in the Forsyth Galleries, located in the Memorial Student Center.

Winslow Homer’s interest in describing the sea began well before his now famous marine paintings of the later 19th century, galleries officials said.

After the Civil War, artist Winslow Homer frequently visited Gloucester and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and crafted prints for the press that depicted the region’s inhabitants and natural beauty.

The images from the holdings of Syracuse University, paired with several complementary prints from Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, include early illustrations for periodicals including Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and Harper’s Weekly, as well as rare lithographs and large etchings made after Homer’s paintings.

The exhibition defines Homer’s transition from an illustrator of the pre- and post-war years through his travels abroad that mark his evolution as a pre-eminent American painter of the late 19th century.

The Forsyth Galleries, located in the Memorial Student Center, is open Tues-Fri, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun, noon-6 p.m.; and is closed Mondays and university holidays. Admission is free.

Media contact: Molly Painter, 979-845-8501,

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