Painting of the Ezekiel Hersey Derby Farm
Large rectangular format view of a white country farmhouse and outbuildings of the shipping merchant, Ezekiel Hersey Derby. It shows a carriage, horseback rider, and two pedestrians advancing down a wide road in the center of the picture; also, two figures engaged in farm activity and three studying the landscape. There is a summer house up on a hill at the left.
Ezekiel Hersey Derby (1772-1852) purchased this 110-acre farm in Salem, Massachusetts, in the spring of 1800. He quickly set about making improvements to the property, hiring Salem architect Samuel McIntire to update the buildings and implementing progressive methods of farming. The painting depicts lush agricultural fields, with the corn just coming on. For the next fifty years Derby pursued his agricultural passion. At age seventy-eight, Derby was described as still active, personally superintending his extensive farm operations, and earnestly awake to every practical improvement.
Cornè, Michele Felice, 1752-1845 (Maker)
All inscriptions are on the canvas back: On a white sticker, typed and in blue print is: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Boston, Massachusetts/ Paintings by New England Provincial Artists/ Artist: M.F. Corne/Title: Derby Farm/Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Bertram K. Little, No.: cat.32 . On a white sticker, typed and in black print is: THE CORCORAN GALLERY/ Seventeenth Street & New York Avenue, N.W./Washington, D.C. 20006-4899/Rebecca Gregsan, Register./ 202-638-3211/ VIEWS AND VISIONS: AMERICAN/ LANDSCAPE BEFORE 1830/Wadsworth Atheneum: 9/21-11/30/86 / Corcoran Gallery: 1/17-3/29/87 /CAT NO.: 28/ARTIST: MICHELE FELICE CORNE/ TITLE: EZEKIEL HERSEY DERBY/FARM, SOUTH SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS/LENDER: MRS. NINA FLETCHER LITTLE Typed on a red-bordered jelly label is: Mrs. B.K./Little/Brookline/Mass. Typed on a blue-bordered label is: EZEKIEL HERSHEY FARM, South Salem,/Corner Lafayette St. and Ocean Ave./By M.F. Corne. Circa 1800 . Handwritten in black pencil is: Restoration/ Nov.1967 Wax Resign/lining Cleaning/oil varnish/partially removed Varnishing/Tablu's Rembrandt.
- Location of origin
- Associated Building
- Subject Ezekiel Hersey Derby Farm.
oil paint (paint)
- Object type
Massachusetts (United States)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
- Descriptive terms
oil paint (paint)
oil paintings (visual works)
- People and organizations
Derby Farm, Ezekiel Hersey
- 40 x 53 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
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- Credit Line
- Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little