Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Watercolor, gouache, and charcoal on off-white wove paper
14 15/16 x 21 1/2 in. (37.9 x 54.6 cm)
Gift of Estate of Mrs. Edward Robinson, 1952
Not on view
Prendergast painted a series of watercolors of Boston’s West End Library, restored since the early 1960s to its original use as the Old West Church. Here, the historic building and its courtyard bustling with patrons are arranged in bands, a recurring compositional choice of the artist. Prendergast’s interest in experimentation is apparent in the center foreground, where he outlined in graphite and wash the figures of a man and a young girl but never completed them.
Inscription: [at lower left]: [illegible inscription which has been largely scraped off]; [at lower right in black ink]: Prendergast / Maurice Prendergast / 1901
Artist: James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)Date: 1885Medium: Gouache and watercolor on off-white wove paper, mounted on academy boardAccession: 2000.512On view in:Not on view