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Rectangular (oblong) format, with an elaborate gold frame painted around the border. View of Minot's Light at the far right with rocks behind it; a blue-green ocean is painted in stylized pattern of waves. There are several small sailing ships and a square rigger on the horizon.
oil paint (paint)
Oil on Canvas
fireboards (fireplace equipment)
"Cherished Possessions": This fireboard, designed to fit in a fireplace during the summer months when it was not in use, depicts Minot's Light, a lighthouse just outside of Boston Harbor in Scituate, Massachusetts. The lighthouse pictured is the second one on the site, completed in 1860. The stylized waves and trompe l'oeil gold frame add charm to the scene.
On the back, in the lower left of the frame, on a blue bordered typed label is: Minot's Light./First lighted on Nov./15, 1860 to replace an/earlier light swept/away in 1851./Fireboard. On the back, in the upper right of the frame, on a white sticker, with black ballpoint reads: W.M. 266 . In the lower right, on the back, in a bordered label, observed by can. rev. and handwritten in blue ink is: Min[ot's]/Lig[ht]/built [ ].
Subject Minot's Light,
Drew, Clement (Maker)
37.5 x 49 x 1 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Massachusetts (United States)