View 1 of Lot 79. Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor.
View 1 of Lot 79. Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor.
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Mary Blood Mellen

Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Mary Blood Mellen

Mary Blood Mellen

Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor

Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Current bid:

4,800

USD

(2 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

3 days, 19 hours

3 days, 19 hours

March 3, 06:18 PM (GMT)

March 3, 06:18 PM (GMT)

Mary Blood Mellen

1817 - 1882

Moonlight Seascape, Gloucester Harbor


oil on canvas

canvas: 12 ¼ by 17 ¼ inches (31.1 by 43.8 cm)

framed: 14 ½ by 19 ½ inches (36.8 by 49.5 cm)

Painted circa 1870s. 

Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1967
The present work is one among a series of moonlight seascapes the artist produced throughout the 1870s. According to John Wilmerding, "most of Mellen's moonlight paintings are views across Gloucester Harbor, with the lighthouse on Ten Pound Island in the far left distance" (John Wilmerding, Fitz Henry Lane & Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries, New York, 2007, p. 42). The present work follows the same compositional format as Mellen's others from the period: rendered with ambient light, amorphous rocks which form the Gloucester coastline and a beached ship parked on the shore. A major work by Mellen of the same subject, Moonlight, Gloucester Harbor, 1870s, can be found in the collection of the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont.