Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Interior of a Cottage, Monhegan IslandMade in United States, North and Central America
Rockwell Kent, American, 1882 - 1971
Watercolor and graphite, heightened with white opaque watercolor, on tan wove paper
Currently not on view
1971-2-111Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund from the Carl and Laura Zigrosser Collection, 1971
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.