Homer was close friends with artist Albert Kelsey.
While in Paris, Homer and Kelsey posed for a studio photograph, not dissimilar to a marriage portrait.
In the 1890s, Homer remembered their friendship in the 'erotically suggestive' drawing "Albert Kelsey riding a giant turtle in the Bahamas." (Winslow Homer)
From 1895 to 1910, Homer's chief buddy was Lewis Wright.