Watercolor of Roseland Cottage

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

ca. 1847

GUSN

GUSN-64448

Description

Framed watercolor on paper view of the Bowen family's Roseland Cottage and grounds in Woodstock, Connecticut from the northeast; the road and fence are in the foreground with trees and grounds visible around the house.

Details

Descriptive Terms

watercolors (paintings)
paintings (visual works)
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Painting

Label

"Cherished Possesions": The 1840s witnessed the flowering of the Gothic revival style in architecture and furnishings, due in no small measure to Andrew Jackson Downing's influential book, Cottage Residences (1842). No doubt Henry Bowen, for whom Roseland Cottage was built, was familiar with Downing's designs. However, the color of Bowen's house was not one Downing recommended. In Cottage Residences, Downing advocated painting houses “a cheerful, mellow hue harmonizing with the verdure of the country,” and suggested in particular the use of shades of gray or fawn. Although not as bright as the 1880s pink that is on the house today, the original color was brighter than the one depicted on the design produced by the house's architect, Joseph C. Wells.

Associated Building

Subject Roseland Cottage,

Additional Identification Number

1970.442

Maker

Attributed to Wells, Joseph Collins, 1813-1860 (Artist)

Location of Origin

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Dimensions

31 x 28 1/2 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Carson Holt

Accession Number

1970.442A

Reference Notes

Fall 1996, p. 47-57

Places

New York state (United States)
Connecticut (United States)

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