Sleigh Ride

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Tracks in the snow, painted with subtle touches of blue and pink, lead our eyes to a sleigh about to disappear over the ridge of a hill. The occupants of the sleigh—one outlined in yellow moonlight, the other wearing a red scarf—seem almost incidental in the quiet grandeur of the landscape. This small, unsigned canvas remained in Homer’s studio until his death and was perhaps never intended to be exhibited in public.


The artist, d. 1910; Charles Savage Homer Jr., West Townsend, Mass., his brother, by descent (from 1910, sold to Woodward, before 1918); Dr. George Woodward, Chestnut Hill, Pa. (by 1918–44); [Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold to Clark, 5 July 1944]; Sterling and Francine Clark (1944–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Winslow Homer

American, 1836–1910

Sleigh Ride

c. 1890–95

Oil on canvas

14 1/16 x 20 1/16 in. (35.7 x 51 cm); Frame: 22 1/2 x 28 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (57.2 x 71.8 x 8.6 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1944




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