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Landscape near Newport, R. I.

ca. 1877-1878 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 12 1/8 x 26 in. (30.9 x 65.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ronald E. Deal 1983.95.119 Not currently on view


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In 1870, Edward Bannister and his wife moved from Boston to Providence, Rhode Island. The state capital had a rapidly growing immigrant population at that time, and African Americans struggled for job opportunities. Despite these difficult circumstances, Bannister established himself by tapping into the market for pastoral landscape scenes, fashionable among wealthy Providence patrons. Dealer Seth M. Vose popularized these works by importing Barbizon paintings from France to Rhode Island. (Hartigan, Sharing Traditions, 1985)

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - house

Architecture - boat - sailboat

Landscape - beach

Landscape - Rhode Island - Newport

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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