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Watercolor of Roseland Cottage

1970.442A (RS32321)

Description

Framed watercolor on paper view of the Bowen family's Roseland Cottage and grounds in Woodstock, Connecticut from the northeast; the road and fence are in the foreground with trees and grounds visible around the house.

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Label
"Cherished Possesions": The 1840s witnessed the flowering of the Gothic revival style in architecture and furnishings, due in no small measure to Andrew Jackson Downing's influential book, Cottage Residences (1842). No doubt Henry Bowen, for whom Roseland Cottage was built, was familiar with Downing's designs. However, the color of Bowen's house was not one Downing recommended. In Cottage Residences, Downing advocated painting houses “a cheerful, mellow hue harmonizing with the verdure of the country,” and suggested in particular the use of shades of gray or fawn. Although not as bright as the 1880s pink that is on the house today, the original color was brighter than the one depicted on the design produced by the house's architect, Joseph C. Wells.
Maker
Attributed to Wells, Joseph Collins, 1813-1860 (Artist)
Date
ca. 1847
Location of origin
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Associated Building
Subject Roseland Cottage. Original to Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, Conn.).
Material
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Connecticut (United States)
New York state (United States)
Descriptive terms
Painting
paintings (visual works)
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
watercolors (paintings)
Dimensions
31 x 28 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1970.442A
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Carson Holt
GUSN
64448
Reference Notes
Fall 1996, p. 47-57
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