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Landscape with Castle

1984.478.2 (RS30335)

Description

Oil on panel painting of two figures at a river with a castle or fortress at the right. From the Clark-Frankland House, North End, Boston.

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Label
"Cherished Possessions": These two landscape panels, and the floor panel to the left, came out of one of the most opulent rooms ever built in New England. The Clark-Frankland House in Boston's North End was so ornate that even more than a hundred years after it was built, one visitor described: “pictorial and architectural splendor [that] so captivated us as to induce repeated visits.” The house was built in 1712 for William Clark (d. 1742), a member of the Governor's Council and one of Boston's wealthiest merchants. The panels may well have been painted by John Gibbs, an apprentice in the London Painter-Stainers guild in the 1690s who had arrived in Boston by 1703. It is unlikely there were more than one or two craftsmen with the skill to create these panels working in Boston in the second decade of the eighteenth century.<br/>
Maker
Gibbs, John (Maker)
Date
1714
Associated Building
Subject Clark-Frankland House.
Material
oil paint (paint)
panel paintings (painting by form)
panels (wood)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
landscapes (representations)
oil paint (paint)
Painting
Painting, Panel
paintings (visual works)
panel paintings (painting by form)
panels (wood)
Dimensions
68 1/2 x 31 3/4 x 2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1984.478.2
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
67197

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