Portland Museum of Art
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Diamond Cove: Landscape and Leisure in 19th-Century America
Through August 17, 1997
In the early part of the nineteenth century, New Englanders enjoyed the "pic-nic" and their newfound leisure time. In Portland, Diamond Cove on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay became the definitive spot for these leisure activities. Artists like Charles Codman and Edward Henry Seager were drawn to Diamond Cove not only for its idyllic beauty, but also because its popularity among Portland's middle class increased the market value of their paintings and drawings. The exhibition focuses on Codman's far-reaching influence in landscape painting in this area, and in his creation of a prototypical view of Diamond Cove. A centerpiece of the exhibition is Picnic at Diamond Cove by Codman's protege John Greenleaf Cloudman, which has recently been conserved with funds from the Joan Whitney and Charles Shipman Payson Charitable Foundation.
United States, 1800-1842
View of Diamond Cove from Great Diamond Island, circa 1829
Oil on panel
Museum purchase with gifts from Iris Almy, Mrs Alexander Fowler, Margaret Payson, Mrs. Millard S. Peabody, Mr. and Mrs. John Rand, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond B. Small, Mr. and Mrs J. Weston Walch, Roger and Katherine Woodman, and an anonymous donor
John Greenleaf Cloudman
United States, 1813-1892
Pleasant Cove, Diamond Island, Casco Bay, 1869
Oil on twill canvas
Gift of Nathan A. and Saundra L. Cobb Jr. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. (Louise M.) Cobb and their children, Nathan A., William L., and Frances (Cobb) Douglass
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