2 June 1944
I went across the street to Wildenstein’s. . . . Georges [Wildenstein, of the family of dealers] asked me to come & see an unusual Winslow Homer, a late one of a snowy landscape with figures & some other pictures on Tuesday.
20 June 1944
On toward Wildenstein’s & met Francine on the way. . . . Félix W. with Georges W. showed us the Snow scene by Winslow Homer 1893 called the “Sleigh Ride” expanse of road with a sleigh & horses in distance just after sunset—Curious effect & well done—One always says before a good Winslow Homer “What an Artist!” They were asking $9,000—Expensive for it is an amateur’s picture.
24 June 1944
Francine & I went to Wildenstein’s. . . . I had them bring in the Winslow Homer “Sleigh Ride”—It looked well among the others [works by Greuze, Monet, Sisley]—A very strong picture—If I could buy it at $7000 I would buy it—I was on the point of making the offer.
13 July 1944
Stopped at Wildenstein’s. . . . I asked to have the Courbet “Seascape” & the W. Homer “Sleighride” sent to me at Delaplane [Virginia]—Looked over the 2 pictures again—No mistake—They are extra fine in quality.
30 Oct. 1944
Taxi to Wildenstein’s. . . . Had out my Winslow Homer’s “Sleigh Ride” & the “Girl feeding Chickens” with sun on house in the background—I remarked that [painter Constant] Troyon could do just about the same in his good moments & Decamp[s] was no slouch in play in light & shade—
19 Mar. 1945
Home—[conservator Louis] DeWild came. . . . Was lost in admiration over the late Winslow Homer “The Sleigh Ride”