Isles of Shoals

by Paul King (1867–1947)

Oil on canvas laid down on board
11⅞ x 16⅛ inches
Signed lower left: PAUL KING

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Private collection, Rhode Island, by descent from above
[With] William Vareika Fine Arts, Newport, Rhode Island

 

Note: The Isles of Shoals was a popular locale for artists and writers alike in the nineteenth century. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Celia Thaxter wrote of the allure of the rocky shores, the latter an important influence in making Appledore Island, in particular, a distinctive summer destination. Among the artists who drew inspiration from this region were Childe Hassam, J. Appleton Brown, and William Morris Hunt. The tourist era ended in 1914 when the Appledore Hotel burned down, and during World War II the US government occupied Appledore with a concrete watchtower. Since 1973, the Shoals Marine Laboratory has occupied the island.

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