Dorchester 1856

  • Edward Mitchell Bannister, Dorchester 1856, 1856, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell, 1983.95.81

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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)

Title
Dorchester 1856
Artists
Date
1856
On View
Dimensions
14 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (35.9 x 51.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Landscape – river
  • Landscape – mountain
  • Landscape – United States – Dorchester
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
Object Number
1983.95.81
Palette
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