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Dorchester 1856

1856 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 14 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (35.9 x 51.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell 1983.95.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This is one of Edward Mitchell Bannister's few surviving paintings from the 1850s. In this view of Dorchester, Massachusetts, the artist included the stately homes dotting the coast. This was likely a marketing tactic, for he hoped to appeal to the wealthy merchants living in those "cottages." Bannister spent summers sailing around Massachusetts and Rhode Island on daily outings that allowed him to sketch and paint familiar views for his wealthy patrons in Boston and Providence. (Hartigan, Sharing Traditions, 1985)

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - mountain

Landscape - river

Landscape - United States - Dorchester

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Mitchell Bannister

Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901

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