Interior of a Cottage, Monhegan Island

Rockwell Kent, American, 1882 - 1971

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1907

Medium:
Watercolor and graphite, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on tan wove paper

Dimensions:
Image and sheet: 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (26.7 x 19.1 cm)

Copyright:
© Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton, All rights reserved.

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1971-2-111

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1971

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Kent first traveled to Monhegan Island, Maine, in 1905 to paint its dramatic headlands and harborside village. Impressed by the scenery and the self-sufficient spirit of the island’s inhabitants, he returned the following year, built a house, and became a part-time resident.

This early watercolor, a self-portrait of Kent in his Monhegan cottage with sketchpad in hand, is a rare interior scene by an artist who would become best known for his landscapes. The artist’s training as both an architectural draftsman and a painter are evident here in the clear definition of the domestic space and his sparing use of color to enliven the scene.