October in the Marshes

Artist: John Frederick Kensett (American, Cheshire, Connecticut 1816–1872 New York)

Date: 1872

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (47 x 77.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas Kensett, 1874

Accession Number: 74.25


In 1874 Thomas Kensett presented the Museum with thirty-eight paintings found in the studio of his brother, John Frederick Kensett, after he died. Since the artist had executed most of them in the summer of 1872, just prior to his death in December, the paintings are known collectively as his “Last Summer’s Work." This is one of numerous studies Kensett made of the meadow and salt marshes near Contentment Island, Connecticut, during the fall of that year.