RISD Museum to Present Landscape and Leisure 19th-Century American Drawings from the Collection

  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island
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  • December 11, 2014

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Winslow Homer, Hunting Dogs in Boat (Waiting for the Start), 1889. Gift of Jesse H. Metcalf. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.
Winslow Homer, Girl and Daisies, 1878. Bequest of Isaac C. Bates. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.
Thomas Eakins, Baseball Players Practicing, 1875. Jesse Metcalf Fund and Walter H. Kimball Fund. RISD Museum, Providence, RI.

From precise survey drawing to the broad strokes of European Impressionism, American artists of the 19th century worked in a variety of styles—as seen in the more than 30 watercolors and drawings featured in Landscape and Leisure, March 13 - July 19, 2015. Selected from the RISD Museum’s strong collection of works on paper are those by American artists James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Childe Hassam, and Eastman Johnson, among others, who captured landscape, leisure pursuits, and country life.


A group of watercolors by Winslow Homer are on view together for the first time in nearly 15 years, including Hunting Dogs in Boat (Waiting for the Start)—the first purchase of Homer’s watercolors by an American museum. Other works include early representations of Providence and coastal Rhode Island, and Thomas Eakins’ detailed watercolor of the developing professional sport of baseball.

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