New England artist William Matthew Prior painted this distinctive view of Mount Vernon, one of a group of at least thirteen, in the mid-nineteenth century. Now generally considered a folk artist, Prior structured the sale of his paintings based on their degree of finish. Prior based his Mount Vernon views on a widely-published engraving after W.H. Brooke featuring the new tomb, old tomb and mansion. Each of the Mount Vernon views in the MVLA collection is different, showing the view in different seasons as well as times of day. In this painting, a version of Prior’s most Mount Vernon well-known scene (a day view during spring or summer), the lack of detail suggests it was priced lower than some of the other canvases. More

Date

c. 1853


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Material/Technique

Oil on canvas; wood


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 23 in. × 29 in. × 2 in. (58.42 cm × 73.66 cm × 5.08 cm)
Other (H x W): 18 5/8 in. × 24 1/4 in. (47.31 cm × 61.6 cm)


Credit

Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 1998


Marks

1.) NOTE: There is an indication on the Christie’s condition report that there are remnants of Prior’s stamp still visible under the wax lining. (Not seen.)


Object Number

M-3964


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