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Frame with carved oak branches in corners; three inch decorative carved border of alternating leaves and balls. Painted black over red.
"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.
Original to Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, Conn.),
Title Painting Accession Number 1970.442A
31 x 28 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Margaret Carson Holt