(Alfred Hickling’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/29.)
There is a little part of Manhattan that will always belong to Tyneside: a painting by the American artist Winslow Homer in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, depicting a bar in the tiny north eastern fishing village of Cullercoats. It is among the masterpieces that secured Homer's reputation as the greatest American figurative painter of the 19th century. Yet the big question is: what on earth was Homer doing in Cullercoats in the first place?
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