Dorchester 1856

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
Artist
Date
1856
Location
Dimensions
14 1820 18 in. (35.951.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – mountain
Object Number
1983.95.81
Palette
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