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Interior view of West Parlor of the Cushing House. A young girl sits on the sofa, while a cat sleeps in the window seat.
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"Cherished Possessions": In 1878 Ella Emory, her sister, and her niece, Alice Cushing, spent the summer at the Cushing family's ancestral home in Hingham, Massachusetts. There, Emory painted four interior views of the house, including this one showing the west parlor with Alice Cushing seated on a sofa and two kittens curled up on a window seat.
The Cushing house was built about 1678 or 1679 and updated in the 1740s. The painting shows the layers of history typical of New England homes. The seventeenth-century summer beam on the ceiling was boxed in with boards in the eighteenth century. The clock, mirror, sofa, and footstool were from the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The wallpaper, window seat cushion, carpet, and bearskin rug in front of the sofa were the newest additions when this painting was completed.
Emory, Ella (Artist)
12 3/4 x 17 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor
Massachusetts (United States)
Hingham (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)