Walter Inglis Anderson
American, 1903 – 1965
Horn Island-Fall, n.d.
watercolor on paper
8 ½ x 11 inches 
Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase. 1967.034. Copyright © Estate of Walter Anderson.

The Islander: Walter Anderson Watercolors

April 11, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Graphics Gallery

In 1947, with their permission, Walter Anderson left his wife and children and embarked on a private and solitary life, returning home infrequently. The artist spent much of his time on the uninhabited Horn Island, 16 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. Anderson would reach the island by rowing out in a one-person rowboat—bringing only the bare necessities and his art supplies.

The works in this exhibition are from Anderson's time on Horn Island, where, through his unique vision, he depicted the flora and fauna with his ink and watercolors. Birds, snakes, frogs, and crabs were rendered in bright, shimmering colors, making them appear often in motion. The works on view are on loan from the Mississippi Museum of Art collection.

From the Exhibition

  • Walter Inglis Anderson, American, 1903 – 1965, Birds and Waves, watercolor on paper. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 1967.023

  • Walter Inglis Anderson, American, 1903 – 1965, Seashells, watercolor on paper, 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 1967.004

  • Walter Inglis Anderson, American, 1903 – 1965, Young White Herons, watercolor on paper. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 1967.020