U.S. Life-Saving Service (USLSS)

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