View full screen - View 1 of Lot 27. MARSDEN HARTLEY | DOGTOWN.


Auction Closed

November 19, 04:22 PM GMT


200,000 - 300,000 USD

Lot Details



1877 - 1943


oil on Masonite

19 ⅞ by 25 ⅜ inches

(50.5 by 64.5 cm)

Painted in 1934.

This painting will be included by Gail R. Scott in the forthcoming Marsden Hartley Legacy Project: The Complete Paintings and Works on Paper, Bates College Museum of Art.

The artist

Adelaide Kuntz, Bronxville, New York (acquired from the above)

Vera Ditlev-Simonsen (née Steele), Oslo, Norway, 1952 (gift from the above)

By descent to the present owner

Elizabeth McCausland, Marsden Hartley Catalogue Raisonné Research, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C., box 15, folder 17, frame 3

(probably) New York, Macbeth Gallery, Marsden Hartley (1877-1943): Paintings and Drawings, November-December 1945, no. 16, n.p.

Of his description of Dogtown, Massachusetts, Hartley once remarked, "...the place is forsaken and majestically lovely as if nature had at last formed one sport where can live for herself alone...[It] looked like a cross between Easter Island and Stonehenge—essentially druidic in its appearance—it gives the feeling that an ancient race might turn up at any moment and renew an ageless rite there" (as quoted in Gail R. Scott, New York, Marsden Hartley, 1988, p. 90).