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Portsmouth Street Scene

1971.657 (RS32453)

Description

Molded and gilt wooden frame; corners with applied gesso scrolled vines; inner edge with scrolled leaf; scene of 1 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH; shows intersection of two roads; far right is two-story white gambrel-roofed house with dormers and green shutters; yard wtih high white fence; group of people talking in foreground at street intersection; left side with tree-surrounded church; cloudy sky.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": The peaceful townscape depicted here, with pedestrians conversing in the street while a dog strolls idly by, is today a busy intersection with a traffic light in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The painting reflects the growth patterns of many New England towns, with densely spaced older buildings at the core, surrounded by an outer ring of larger lots and wider streets. All three of the houses in the picture, an 1845 Gothic Revival cottage and two eighteenth-century buildings, still stand today, two of them much altered, while the white house in the center, the John Paul Jones House, remains much the same and is now a historic house museum.
Maker
Titcomb, William H., 1823-1888 (Artist)
Date
1854
Associated Building
Subject John Paul Jones House. Subject Lord House (Portsmouth, N. H.). Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
canvas
gesso
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
Object type
Art
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
architectural elements
Architecture
architecture (object genre)
canvas
Coated Canvas
gesso
Gesso
landscapes (representations)
Oil
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
PICTURE, LANDSCAPE
wood (plant material)
Dimensions
28 x 35.875 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.657
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5304

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