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Coaching in New England

Albert Fitch Bellows

American Art

The Brooklyn Museum’s collection of American watercolors was begun in 1906, when this work was acquired in a bequest from the Brooklyn collector Caroline H. Polhemus. Coaching in New England was the work of Albert Fitch Bellows, a practitioner and promoter of watercolor beginning in the late 1860s. To demonstrate that watercolor was as significant and as durable as oil painting, he deliberately produced large and highly finished “exhibition watercolors.” This quaint New England subject was among the most praised works in the 1877 annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.
MEDIUM Transparent and opaque watercolor with touches of gum varnish over black chalk on cream, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES ca. 1876
    DIMENSIONS 24 7/8 x 35 7/8 in. (63.2 x 91.1cm) Frame: 29 5/8 x 40 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (75.2 x 102.9 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "A. F. Bellows"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 06.334
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Caroline H. Polhemus
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Albert Fitch Bellows (American, 1829-1883). Coaching in New England, ca. 1876. Transparent and opaque watercolor with touches of gum varnish over black chalk on cream, moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper, 24 7/8 x 35 7/8 in. (63.2 x 91.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Caroline H. Polhemus, 06.334
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