The Clark collection includes correspondence from Winslow Homer to Edward D. Adams, the original buyer of Undertow. The two earliest letters reveal Homer’s management of the promotion and sale of an individual work, and his elder brother’s participation in the process, when it remained unsold in spite of being well-received in several public exhibitions. Homer sent a third letter to Adams eleven years later, including with it the six studies for Undertow displayed in a nearby case. A fourth letter, from Adams to M. Knoedler & Co., asks the dealers to convey the drawings to the new owner of the painting; Clark received them on October 29, 1925.
Letter from Winslow Homer to Edward D. Adams, January 14, 1889
Letter from Winslow Homer to Edward D. Adams, July 16, 1889
Letter from Winslow Homer to Edward D. Adams, May 12, 1900
Letter from Edward D. Adams to M. Knoedler & Co., March 16, 1925