SOLD Rye Beach, New Hampshire, ca. 1863

by Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904)
Oil on board
5⅞ x 10 inches
Signed lower right: MJ Heade


Private collection

Sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, New York, April 23, 1981, lot 29

Warner Collection of the Gulf States Paper Corp., Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Michael Altman Fine Art & Advisory Services, New York, 2011


The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum, Sylacauga, Alabama, February 24–March 24, 1982

South Bend Art Center, Indiana, American Masterpieces from the Warner Collection, December 9, 1989–February 4, 1990

The Brazos Forum, Waco, Texas, America Comes of Age: Emerging Arts and Culture, Sixth Annual Brazos Forum, August 17–October 4, 1990

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, Impressions of America: The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, June 18–July 28, 1991


Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), 230, no. 121.

Related Works

Two Views at Rye Beach, New Hampshire, ca. 1862, graphite on paper, 8¾ x 11⅝ inches, inscribed center right; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, Utica, New York

Rye Beach, New Hampshire, 1863, oil on canvas, 8⅜ x 22¼ inches; Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Note: Martin Johnson Heade created numerous depictions of Rye Beach, New Hampshire. His work on paper at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a preparatory sketch for this painting.

Artist Biography

Nineteenth Century Itinerant Artist of Striking Originality

By Amy Spencer

Heade pursued the delicately wrought realism of his Hudson River School contemporaries, underscored by his folk art training, to unify landscape painting with a scientific interest in ornithology and botany.

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

I. Biography

Only a bare outline of celebrated Martin Johnson Heade’s life is known and only a fraction of his known works have been located.1 However, despite the dearth of primary biographical material, this

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