Our Watering Places--the Empty Sleeve at Newport

Winslow Homer (1836-1910)1865

Hudson River Museum

Hudson River Museum

Even in fiction, Winslow Homer draws attention to the serious effects of the war and how it changed relationships between men and women. Here he illustrates the anonymous story The Empty Sleeve at Newport; or, Why Edna Ackland Learned to Drive that appeared in Harper's. The strong line we see running through the woman's arms that hold the taut reins leads us to realize that Captain Harry Ash is not driving the buggy because he lost an arm in the war. Harry, who hoped to court Edna, thinks she has taken up manly sport and forgotten him, but learns, instead, that her new skill is a sign of her commitment to him because she knew that his injury would prevent him from driving the horse-drawn carriage.

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  • Title: Our Watering Places--the Empty Sleeve at Newport
  • Creator: Winslow Homer (1836-1910)
  • Date Created: 1865
  • Date Published: 1865-08-26
  • Provenance: Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Lefcourt, 2000
  • Publisher: Harper's Weekly
  • Medium: Wood engraving


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