Dorchester 1856

Media - 1983.95.81 - SAAM-1983.95.81_1 - 76292
Copied Edward Mitchell Bannister, Dorchester 1856, 1856, oil on canvas, 14 1820 18 in. (35.951.1 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell, 1983.95.81
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Artwork Details

Dorchester 1856
14 1820 18 in. (35.951.1 cm.)
lower right in oil: E M Bannister/1856 (written on an angle) frame verso upper right in felt-tipped pen and ink: A-1445. stretcher center in pencil: C. H. M. stretcher upper right in pencil: C. H. stretcher upper left in grease crayon: #A-14452 Bannister, E. M. "Dorchester, 1856" 14" x 20"
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Figure group
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — river
  • Landscape — mountain
  • Landscape — United States — Dorchester
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — house
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Artwork Description

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)