Martin Mower - The Fountain, 1918

Martin Mower (Lynn, Massachusetts, 1870 - 1960, Vancouver)

The Fountain, 1918

Watercolor on paper, 25 x 36 cm (9 13/16 x 14 3/16 in.) sheet

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Object details

Accession number

P11s4

Provenance

Painted in the garden of Caroline Sidney Sinkler (1860-1949), Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1918.
Gift from the painter Martin Mower (1870-1960) to Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1918.

Bibliography

Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), p. 251.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 76.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 171-72, ill.


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Commentary

In the summer of 1918 at the age of 78, Isabella rented a cottage named Wrong Roof from her friend Caroline Sinkler in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This picture, painted by her friend Martin Mower, shows Isabella reading a book in the garden. She suffered a stroke a year later and fondly recalled this time as her last vacation.