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Watercolor Painting, "The Vale"

1969.460 (RS32631)

Description

Pencil and watercolor drawing of the Vale. Foreground shows stream with swans, woman and two children nearby. The Vale is in the background partially obscured by trees.

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Label
"Cherished Possessions": This watercolor by Boston, Massachusetts, landscape artist Alvan Fisher shows a view of The Vale, the Waltham, Massachusetts, home of East India merchant Theodore Lyman. The landscape at The Vale was one of the most forward-looking in America, designed in the picturesque style just then becoming popular in England, which involved the use of artifice to make the natural appear more bucolic, more scenic, more beautiful. In 1793, Theodore Lyman hired an English gardener, William Bell, to help lay out the grounds of his new property. Bell's most ambitious project was to redirect the small stream that ran in a straight course in front of the house and turn it into a meandering waterway with a dam and a waterfall.
Maker
Fisher, Alvan, 1792-1863 (Artist)
Date
1820-1825
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA
Associated Building
Subject Lyman Estate (Waltham, Mass.).
Material
paper (fiber product)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Waltham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Descriptive terms
landscapes (representations)
Painting
paper (fiber product)
pencils (drawing and writing equipment)
watercolor (paint)
watercolors (paintings)
Dimensions
9 3/8 x 14 7/16 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.460
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
47807
Reference Notes
Sander, Penny. Elegant Embellishments. Boston; SPNEA; 1982.
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