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Smith's Point, Beverly, Massachusetts

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By the late 1860s Kensett tended to simplify the topography of the sites he painted in favor of a distilled atmosphere. Here, the scene is recognizable as Smith's Point, with Baker's Island in the distance, but Kensett shifted his viewpoint to emphasize, in the clarity of crystalline light,...

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Inscription

Lower right: JF.K.'67. [JFK in monogram]

Provenance

By 1950, with Victor Spark, New York; 1950, sold by Victor Spark to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1962, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 14, 1962)

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

1867

Dimensions

56.2 x 91.76 cm (22 1/8 x 36 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

62.277

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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