The model is the girl seen in [Hunting for Eggs]. Wearing the same velvet-striped dress, she appears once more in a third watercolor, Reading in the Sun,1 dated 1874, in the collection of Mrs. Thomas B. Card. The quiet and harmonious mood of these drawings is far removed from the expression of the violence of nature which characterizes Homer’s art in his later years.
1. Illustrated in Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer, Great American Artists Series (New York, 1959), no. 36.
—Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, Standish D. Lawder, and Charles W. Talbot, Jr., Drawings from the Clark Art Institute, 2 vols. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), 1:138, no. 334.