Prouts Neck

To the Rescue!


An intrepid rescuer, clad in a seaman’s oilskin garb, and a swooning maiden, unprepared for the elements and limp in his arms, are thrust together by calamity. A blank sky with a threatening storm cloud heightens their isolation. We wonder where they are headed: at what or to whom does the hero direct his gaze?
Winslow Homer, U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS), Atlantic City, New York, Prouts Neck, drawing, painting

Homer and Prouts Neck


In April 2005, while writing an essay on Winslow Homer and the American Landscape, I drove up with my husband to Prouts Neck, Maine where Homer had his studio on land that was owned by his family.  Homer, along with his father and two brothers, had purchased property on Prouts Neck from 1882 through 1909, for the purpose of creating a family vacation compound and as an investment in one of the most scenic spots along the Atlantic Coast.  An easement or “marg
Winslow Homer, Prouts Neck, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, American landscape