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Long Island Farmhouses

Artist:
William Sidney Mount (American, Setauket, New York 1807–1868 Setauket, New York)
Date:
1862–63
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
21 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (55.6 x 75.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Louise F. Wickham, in memory of her father, William H. Wickham, 1928
Accession Number:
28.104
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 758
An entry in Mount’s diary records that he began a painting of the houses of his brother and of one John Davis in Setauket, Long Island, in November 1862, completing it the following spring. Mount composed the work from the window of his portable studio, a specially made room on wheels, from which he directly captured convincing details and limpid natural sunlight. The dearth of genre content here is unusual for the artist, but he chose to commemorate the tranquility of the village in early spring, in contrast to the turmoil of the Civil War, which was raging at the time.
Signature: [at lower left]: WM S. MOUNT

Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back]: GOUPIL & CO / ARTISTS COLOURMEN / & PRINT SELLERS / 366 / BROADWAY / NEW YORK
the artist's niece, Maria Seabury, Setauket, Long Island; her cousin, William Hull Wickham, New York; his daughter, Louise Floyd Wickham, until 1928
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