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Historic New England recently acquired The Valley Below, a New England landscape by George H. Hallowell (1871-1926).
George Hawley Hallowell was born in Boston and spent his professional life there. He attended Harvard to study drawing and art history under, among others, Charles Eliot Norton. He also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston and studied there for three years with Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson.
Hallowell’s link to the Boston School and the city’s artistic and cultural elite make the painting an important addition to Historic New England’s collection. John Singer Sargent owned eight paintings by Hallowell and considered him “the painter with the greatest power and promise in America.”
“The Valley Below is a strong atmospheric image and that is typical of Hallowell’s work,” said Senior Curator Nancy Carlisle. “We plan to install the painting at the Eustis Estate (1878) in Milton, Massachusetts, and visitors will be able to see it when the house opens in May.”