Winter Scene

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1851

GUSN

GUSN-5224

Description

Rural New England locale; clouded sky; snow covered fields with wooded area at left; fallen tree in foreground; two farmhouses with barns at center right with three skaters on pond in center; two people with oxen pulling sleigh-load of wood in front of pond.

Details

Descriptive Terms

landscapes (representations)
paintings (visual works)
canvas
oil paint (paint)
winter
Oil
Coated Canvas
Winter
Painting

Label

"Cherished Possessions": William Titcomb's idyllic depiction of a snowy New Hampshire landscape suggests the dual nature of New England's winter. At once beautiful and threatening, winter was a time of leisure for some, hard work for others, and bitter cold for most. From the skaters at play to the farmer and his helper returning from a hard day's work, their oxen dragging a sledge loaded with that day's felled timber, Titcomb's scene suggests bone-chilling cold and the promise of warmth in the snow-laden house.

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Maker

Titcomb, William H., 1823-1888 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Cambridge, MA, USA

Dimensions

21.438 x 29.5 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.590

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)