Small oblong oil painting on academy board, depicting the dwelling Harriet Beecher Stowe made famous in her novel The Pearl of Orr's Island. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, Anonymous Artist.
Small oblong oil painting on academy board, depicting the dwelling Harriet Beecher Stowe made famous in her novel The Pearl of Orr's Island.

Small oblong oil painting on academy board, depicting the dwelling Harriet Beecher Stowe made famous in her novel The Pearl of Orr's Island.


Condition: A few small scratches to the frame; painting surface with small imperfection in the upper right corner; in very good condition.
Book ID: 28330

Description

15.5 x 26 cm, 19th century painting in a contemporary frame with the original small square nails fixing the board into the frame on the verso, no place, date or signature.

Comments

A fine, small amateur oil painting of a house on Orr's Island, Maine, that was the setting for Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Maine Coast, written when she lived in Brunswick in the 1850s; it was published by Ticknor and Fields in 1862. The novel centers on the struggles of a young girl, Mara Lincoln, who is raised by her sea captain grandfather Zephaniah Pennel. At the beginning of Chapter II Stowe introduces the reader to the house: “Down near the end of Orr’s Island, facing the open ocean, stands a brown house of the kind that the natives call ‘leanto’ or ‘linter’ - one of those large, comfortable structures, barren in the idea, but rich in the practical, which the working-man of New England can always command. The waters of the ocean came up within a rod of this house, and the sound of its moaning waves was even now filling the clear autumn starlight.” A complete departure from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Pearl of Orr’s Island is a classic example of 19th century New England local color fiction. The view of the house depicted in this painting is very similar to ones used early color post cards.

Price: $750.00