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Portrait of Henry Sleeper on view in “Artful Stories”

Sep 8, 2020

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Mass., was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper.

Portrait of Henry Davis Sleeper
Henry Davis Sleeper c. 1906 by Wallace Bryant

This portrait, currently on display in our online preview for Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England, shows Sleeper in his late twenties. The year after this was painted he purchased land in Gloucester and started to build the “cottage” that won him acclaim as an interior designer.

Artist Wallace Bryant painted Sleeper at his mother’s home in Boston. He sits in an armchair with his legs crossed, surrounded by books and artworks that reflect his aesthetic sensibility. Always highly attuned to color, he matched his tie perfectly with the vase to his right. Visitors to Beauport see firsthand Sleeper’s use and love of color in every room.

Discover more about this portrait and others in our online exhibition

This portrait is one of more than forty paintings available in an online preview of Artful Stories. Learn more about the portrait and exhibition, which opens in October at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts.