Welcome to the Winslow Homer Page,one of the many artists to chronicle the history of Cullercoats through their paintings. Observed as America's greatest painter, Homer's works displayed here for archive use, are but a fraction of his total works connected with Cullercoats. Please click on the paintings and a pop-up will appear to give you a modern day view. Please see the panel at the foot of this page for useful links, old maps,and more information which will give you a virtual tour of Homer's stay in Cullercoats 1881-1882.
Winslow Homer American, 1836 - 1910. In 1881 Winslow Homer began a series of watercolors based on life in the seaside fishing village of Cullercoats, England, where he stayed for almost two years. Unlike Homer's earlier watercolors, the Cullercoats works have a timeless quality that was earlier characteristic only of his oil paintings. Although large steam trawlers had begun to replace smaller boats as fishing craft in Cullercoats, Homer preferred to focus on the old ways. In Mending the Nets, he conveys the idea of skills acquired through generations of families at work. Mending, along with dividing the catch and distributing the fish at market, occupied the fisherwomens' time for most of the day. The composition suggests Homer's familiarity with classical sculpture. The overlapping figures of the women create a compact group in a relatively shallow space, recalling relief sculpture such as the Parthenon friezes that Homer may have seen at the British Museum. The neutral background silhouettes the two figures starkly, emphasizing their strong sculptural quality. In this way, Homer presents these women at their daily tasks as timeless archetypes, imbued with a sober and noble simplicity. Returning to America in 1883, he settled at Prout's Neck, Maine, where he would live for the rest of his life. Homer died in his Prout's Neck studio on September 30, 1910. (Biography, National Gallery, Washington DC.)
Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer, 1880
On the Sands 1881; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Four Fisherwives 1881; Watercolor on paper; Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Pomona, California
Looking out to Sea 1881; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fisherman's Family (The Lookout) 1881; Watercolor over pencil on paper; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Watching the Tempest 1881; Watercolor over pencil on paper; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Returning Fishing Boats 1883; Watercolor on paper' Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Fisher Folk in Dory 1881; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Lookout 1882; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Girl Carrying a Basket 1882; watercolor over graphite, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Forebodings, 1881 watercolor on paper,The Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, NY.
Crab Fishing 1883; Watercolor over pencil on paper; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
Fisherwoman probably 1882; Watercolor on paper; Private Collection
Homer's Choice - Why Cullercoats ? Where his studio was, and why he stayed for so long....Click here to find out.

Maps - Have a look at Cullercoats village during Homer's stay....Click here to view.

Old Photos - Late 19th century Cullercoats....Click here to view.

Between the 21st and the 24th March 2008, a team of archaeologists from the Newcastle University School of Historical Studies,carried out a dig on the site of 12 Bank Top, Cullercoats. View the photos Day1 Day2 Day3 Day4
This is where Winslow Homer had his studio. It was here that Homer painted many of his great works.
The images here are for archive purposes, and for technical reasons are only of viewable quality due to restrictions of web space available. All images above are in the public view and are available on the internet. Where possible images are attributed. Under US Copyright law, Homer's work is now out of copyright and in the public domain. All modern images are copyright of the webmaster of Cullercoats.org.uk , and are free to use for educational, personal, and non-commercial use provided they are attributed to 'cullercoats.org.uk' . This section is under construction.....more information soon. Updated 30/08/09.