The drawing was made shortly after Homer’s arrival in Tynemouth, an English fishing village not far form Newcastle on the North Sea.1 The light touch and idyllic mood of this sheet recall Homer’s watercolors of the late 1870s, such as Shepherdess of Houghton Farm.
There are a number of watercolors with the same figures and setting, likewise dated 1881; among these are On the Beach, Tynemouth, Butler Art Institute, Youngstown, Ohio;2Two Girls on the Beach, Tynemouth, Collection of Mrs. John S. Ames;3 and Fisherfolk on the Beach at Tynemouth, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.4
1. Lloyd Goodrich, Winslow Homer (1944), p. 76
2. Illustrated in Nathaniel Pousette-Dart, Winslow Homer (New York, 1923) [no pagination].
3. Illustrated in Albert Ten Eyck Gardner, Winslow Homer (New York, 1961), p. 64.
4. Illustrated in Gardner, Winslow Homer, p. 99.
—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), 1:141, no. 339.