On loan to The Met The Met accepts temporary loans of art both for short-term exhibitions and for long-term display in its galleries.

Native Hut at Nassau

Winslow Homer American

Not on view

Homer first arrived in Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas, with his father in December 1884. He was lured to the area, then a British Crown colony, by the tropical climate and pictorial possibilities. After settling into his luxury hotel, Homer explored the Black settlements outside the city. This watercolor of a Bahamian residence reveals a mix of African and European architectural traditions that reflects the hybrid cultures of the Caribbean and the legacy of slavery, which had been abolished there in 1838. By concentrating on picturesque details that he believed would appeal to viewers in the States—the thatched roof, the lush foliage (including a soaring coconut palm), a rooster, and a bright blue, cloud-filled sky—Homer aestheticized the structural racism and economic difficulties faced by Black Bahamians.

Native Hut at Nassau, Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine), Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, American

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.