Celia Thaxter's Garden and View of the Sea, Appledore, Isles of Shoals

by John Appleton Brown (1844–1902)

Pastel on board
17⅞ x 21 5/16 inches
Signed lower right: J. Appleton Brown

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Provenance

Daniel Seitz, New Jersey 

Estate of above

Private collection, New Jersey, by descent from above

Sale, Swann Auction Galleries, New York, New York, September 17, 2020, lot 19, from above

 

Related Work

View from Celia Thaxter's Veranda, Appledore, Isles of Shoals, ca. 1880, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches, signed lower left; The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

 

Note: The Isles of Shoals was a popular locale for artists and writers alike in the nineteenth century. Writer Celia Thaxter was an important influence in making Appledore Island, in particular, a distinctive summer destination. Beginning in the late 1880s, Brown spent summers on the Isles of Shoals at the Appledore Hotel, which was built by Thaxter’s father. This work depicts Thaxter’s garden, which she immortalized in her book An Island Garden (1894). The composition, with the outcropping of Babb’s Rock in the center foreground and the distant Atlantic, is nearly identical to that of Childe Hassam’s painting in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York titled Celia Thaxter's Garden, Isles of Shoals, Maine, 1890.

 

Daniel Seitz was a descendant of Robert Hartshorne, who had a notable collection that included prints by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Mary Cassatt (1844–1926).

Artist Biography

Bestowed with the moniker, ‘Apple-blossom Brown,’ John Appleton Brown was a Boston painter known for his bright meadow scenes of apple blossoms and charming cottages. His pastoral imagery, subtle delicacy of tone, and softened treatment of form were inspired by the French Barbizon mode of painting. Brown exhibited at the Paris Salon, the Boston Art Club, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 where he won a medal. His work can be found at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Addison Gallery

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Bestowed with the moniker, ‘Apple-blossom Brown,’ John Appleton Brown was a Boston painter known for his bright meadow scenes of apple blossoms and charming cottages. His pastoral imagery, subtle delicacy of tone, and softened treatment of form were inspired by the French Barbizon mode of painting. Brown exhibited at the Paris Salon, the Boston Art Club, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 where he won a medal. His work can be found at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

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