Renowned artist Winslow Homer was an avid sportsman and his outdoor subjects reflect an unsentimental view of the conflict between man and nature. In this scene set in the Adirondack region of New York State, earthen colors link the hunter and the environment, making it difficult to distinguish the man from the hill behind him. Homer visited the Adirondacks as one of many vacationers who flocked there in the late nineteenth century. The huntsman in Homer’s painting is not a visitor but rather a local trapper or guide who has caught a deer and is carrying off its pelt, antlers, and, likely, a pack full of meat.


  • Title: A Huntsman and Dogs
  • Creator Lifespan: 1836/1910
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Prouts Neck, Maine, United States
  • Creator Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date: 1891
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: w47.99 x h28.13 in (Overall)
  • Provenance: The William L. Elkins Collection, 1924
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Artist/Maker: Winslow Homer, American, 1836 - 1910

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