SOLD Autumn Dogtown Commons, 1934

by Marsden Hartley (1877–1943)
Oil and pencil on board
18 x 24 inches
On verso: Autumn Dogtown Commons / Cape Ann Mass / 1934 / Marsden Hartley


The artist

Estate of above

[With] Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, New York, from above

Robert and Janet Liebowitz, Boynton Beach, Florida, acquired from above

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, gifted from above, 2011

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, November 15, 2022, lot 340, from above


Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York, New York, Paintings by Marsden Hartley, October 18–November12, 1948, no. 1

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York, American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe, December 22, 2012–June 29, 2014

Related Works

Rock Doxology, 1931, oil on canvas; Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts,

Blueberry Highway, Dogtown, 1931, oil on board, 18¼ x 24 inches; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Mountains in Stone, Dogtown, 1931, oil on board, 18⅛ x 24 3/16 inches; Palmer Museum of Art of The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Autumn Landscape, Dogtown, 1934, oil on masonite, 20 x 27¾ inches; Vilcek Foundation, New York, New York

Dogtown Common #4, ca. 1935, pen and ink and graphite pencil on board, 18⅛ × 24⅛ inches; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

Note: This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work by Gail R. Scott.

Dogtown Commons, also known simply as Dogtown, is an abandoned settlement approximately five square miles on Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The once prosperous village was settled in 1693, but throughout the early 1800s most of the residents left the settlement, and, today, the area is covered in dense woods. Marsden Hartley discovered the barren town in 1931 while on a trip to nearby Gloucester. He painted numerous scenes of Dogtown, which were highly received at the time.

Artist Biography

An influential American modernist whose career was launched by Alfred Stieglitz, Marsden Hartley is best-known for his early German abstract paintings and southwestern landscapes and still lifes, as well as his late, emotionally evocative Maine scenes, all of which are considered valuable contributions to the modern art movement in America.

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

In 1877, Edmund Hartley was born in Lewiston, Maine, to English immigrant parents. When he was only

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