"The Artist's Studio-Sunflower Castle"

Collection Type

  • Art


ca. 1910




Watercolor on paper, "The Artist's Studio-Sunflower Castle". Signed lower right: "Gertrude Beals Bourne". Interior scene of a room with beamed ceiling. Large open fireplace with metal hood in center of room. Hanging lamp, glass globes, and porcelain pitchers hang from ceiling beams. Green windsor chair in bottom right corner. In modern wood frame, painted gold. Beveled interior edge with sloped sides.


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paintings (visual works)
watercolors (paintings)


Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010:
Gertrude Beals Bourne’s studio, which her husband, architect Frank Bourne, had created for her, was located on the top floor of their Queen Anne-style house, known as Sunflower Castle, on the flat of Boston’s Beacon Hill. With exposed beams, comfortable furnishings, and an open hearth, the room reflected the couple’s Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Both Bournes celebrated the Colonial Revival style-Gertrude in her paintings of old houses, and Frank in his architectural designs.


"BEALS BOURNE" (Handwritten in pencil)
"CHILDS GALLERY/169 NEWBURY ST. BOSTON, MASS. 02116/FINE PAINTINGS, PRINTS AND DRAWINGS/Gertrude Beals Bourne, American (1868-1962)/The Artist's Studio-Sunflower Castle, c.1910/Watercolor on paper, 18 1/8 x 14 1/8 inches/Signed lower right: "Gertrude Beals Bourne". From the estate of the artist,/estate stamp verson. IN fine condition, aside from some paper loss in lower left/and upper corners. Mounted on board. Featured on page 55 of "Gertrude/Beals Bourne. Artist in Brahmin Bostn" by D.R. Howlett, Boston, 2004." (Printed on paper label)

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Associated Events

An Artist's Sense of Place: The Watercolors of Gertrude Beals Bourne


Bourne, Gertrude Beals, 1868-1962 (Artist)


26 1/4 x 22 3/4 x 1 3/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

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Museum Purchase

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