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The Bridle Path, White Mountains

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

The Bridle Path, White Mountains


A young woman rides sidesaddle along a rocky path in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She seems lost in thought, separated from the other riders, one of whom waves a handkerchief as if to draw her attention. The focus of Homer’s painting reflects two social trends that gathered momentum after the Civil War: the popularity of regional tourism in North America and the increasing independence of middle-class women.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 24 1/8 x 38 in. (61.3 x 96.5 cm) Frame: 35 3/4 x 49 3/4 in. (90.8 x 126.4 cm)
Object Number 1955.2
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1950
Status On View

Image Caption

Winslow Homer, The Bridle Path, White Mountains, 1868, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.2.


Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.


Martha Bennett Phelps (Mrs. John Case Phelps), Wilkes-Barre, PA.; William George Phelps, Binghamton, NY., her son, by descent; Esther Phelps Pumpelly, Owego, NY., his daughter, by descent; [Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1937–8, sold to the Whitney]; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1938–50); [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 1950, sold to Clark, 1 May 1950]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1950–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.