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Hingham Meetinghouse

1990.149 (RS32720)

Description

Oil on panel by Winckworth Allan Gay of the Meetinghouse of Hingham, Massachusetts. Large yellow building with steeple sits atop a lush green lawn. Carved gilt frame.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Some 202 meetinghouses are known to have been built in seventeenth-century New England. Hingham's is the only one still standing. Because of its massive timber roof trusses, which resemble the frame of a ship, it bears the nickname of “Old Ship Meetinghouse” or “Old Ship Church.” In Puritan New England, the meetinghouse was the community center, used for both Sabbath day worship and town meetings. Attendance at the lengthy Sunday services was required by law. <br/> This bucolic scene of the Hingham Meetinghouse was painted by Winckworth Allan Gay, whose great-grandfather had been minister there for nearly seventy years.
Maker
Gay, Winkworth A. (Artist)
Date
1845
Inscriptions
"W. Allan Gay Pinxt 1845" (Signed in red paint)
Location of origin
MA
Associated Building
Subject Old Ship Meeting House (Hingham, Mass.).
Material
oil painting (technique)
Object type
Art
Places
Hingham (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
landscapes (representations)
oil painting (technique)
Picture
Townscape
Dimensions
10 x 9 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1990.149
Credit Line
Bequest of Susan Norton
GUSN
26708

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