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
Description15.5 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.
CommentsA 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.