Portsmouth, NH – (September 12, 2017) The Currier Museum of Art is pleased to announce that it has acquired a painting, Sherburne House, Portsmouth, 1865 by Worthington Whittredge. Showing the entryway of Portsmouth’s historic Warner House, the work offers a glimpse into Port City history, as the house looks much the same today as it did when Whittredge painted it over 150 years ago.
“We are very pleased to have acquired this historic piece,” said Currier Museum Curator Andrew Spahr. “This painting is a historical document showing the careful preservation of a Portsmouth architectural landmark. We are proud to have it shown in the Warner House so that visitors can experience this part of New Hampshire history as it was seen over 150 years ago and as it is today. And we look forward to future collaborations with the Warner House.”
Currier Museum Director Alan Chong stated: “Worthington Whittredge is a subtle painter of quiet scenes, whether landscapes or interiors. This is not only a historically important painting, it is also an evocative, rather moody image.”
The Warner House is one of the most important historic houses in Portsmouth. Built in 1716, the house was designed by a British architect, and is the oldest remaining brick house in the town. The house is now a historic site open to the public. Worthington Whittredge painted this interior view of the house in 1865 when he traveled through New England.
The painting will be on view at the Warner House, 150 Daniel Street every day except Tuesday from 11-4 pm until October 15th. After which it will be displayed in the Currier Museum as part of its permanent collection.
About Worthington Whittredge
Worthington Whittredge is an important artist of the Hudson River School, known for his landscape paintings of the broad western plains and eastern forest interiors, like Woodland Interior with Deer in the Currier Museum; http://collections.currier.org/Obj7107?sid=178054&x=6890621.
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