Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts - The River at Concord, 1915

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(Philadelphia, 1871 - 1927, Concord)

Object details

Accession number

P11n5

Primary Creator

Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts

Full title

The River at Concord

Creation Date

1915

Provenance


Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the gallery Doll & Richards, Boston for $500 on 16 April 1915.

Marks

Inscribed (on the stretcher): March 1915 E.R.W. / 600 dollars

Dimensions

70 x 91 cm (27 9/16 x 35 13/16 in.)

Display Media

Oil on canvas

Web Commentary

Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts painted this landscape on the Concord River, in Concord, Massachusetts. Originally from Philadelphia, Roberts moved to Concord in 1900 with her partner, golf champion Grace Keyes. Having studied painting in Europe for almost 10 years, Roberts found inspiration in the New England countryside.  Roberts wrote to Isabella Stewart Gardner after she purchased the painting, "Mr. Turner of Doll & Richards tells me that "the blue & gold landscape" has been sent to you,  and I would like to have you know how much pleasure it gives me to feel that you cared enough about the pictures to buy one… Concord is an ideal place for work..."Although Isabella supported women artists, authors, and designers, there are few pictures by women painters in the collection.  Isabella installed this one in the Macknight Room near her desk. She also displayed Roberts’ letter in the Modern Painters and Sculptors Case in the Long Gallery next to correspondence from her better known contemporaries: Cecilia Beaux, John La Farge, and Anders Zorn.

Permanent Gallery Location

Macknight Room

Bibliography

Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), p. 299.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 70.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), p. 206, ill.

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Commentary

Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts painted this landscape on the Concord River, in Concord, Massachusetts. Originally from Philadelphia, Roberts moved to Concord in 1900 with her partner, golf champion Grace Keyes. Having studied painting in Europe for almost 10 years, Roberts found inspiration in the New England countryside.  Roberts wrote to Isabella Stewart Gardner after she purchased the painting, "Mr. Turner of Doll & Richards tells me that "the blue & gold landscape" has been sent to you,  and I would like to have you know how much pleasure it gives me to feel that you cared enough about the pictures to buy one… Concord is an ideal place for work..."Although Isabella supported women artists, authors, and designers, there are few pictures by women painters in the collection.  Isabella installed this one in the Macknight Room near her desk. She also displayed Roberts’ letter in the Modern Painters and Sculptors Case in the Long Gallery next to correspondence from her better known contemporaries: Cecilia Beaux, John La Farge, and Anders Zorn.