Portsmouth Street Scene

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1854

GUSN

GUSN-5304

Description

Molded and gilt wooden frame; corners with applied gesso scrolled vines; inner edge with scrolled leaf; scene of 1 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH; shows intersection of two roads; far right is two-story white gambrel-roofed house with dormers and green shutters; yard wtih high white fence; group of people talking in foreground at street intersection; left side with tree-surrounded church; cloudy sky.

Details

Descriptive Terms

landscapes (representations)
paintings (visual works)
canvas
gesso
oil paint (paint)
wood (plant material)
architecture (object genre)
architectural elements
Oil
Coated Canvas
Architecture
Gesso
PICTURE, LANDSCAPE

Label

"Cherished Possessions": The peaceful townscape depicted here, with pedestrians conversing in the street while a dog strolls idly by, is today a busy intersection with a traffic light in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The painting reflects the growth patterns of many New England towns, with densely spaced older buildings at the core, surrounded by an outer ring of larger lots and wider streets. All three of the houses in the picture, an 1845 Gothic Revival cottage and two eighteenth-century buildings, still stand today, two of them much altered, while the white house in the center, the John Paul Jones House, remains much the same and is now a historic house museum.

Associated Building

Subject John Paul Jones House,

Maker

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

Dimensions

28 x 35.875 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.657

Places

New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)