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New England: Newport and Narragansett Beach, Rhode Island

The Newport and Narragansett Beaches were popular tourist destinations in the nineteenth century and prime locations for several Hudson River School painters. These locations were particularly suited for formal investigations of the sweeping beaches, rocky outcroppings, brilliant sunsets, and effects of climate that optically transformed land and sea.

Worthington Whittredge painted numerous views of Rhode Island beaches, including Newport and Narragansett, focusing on panoramic expanses of serene, flat coastline, seen from a high and removed vantage point.

Martin Johnson Heade drew critical praise for his many views of Narragansett, including his Thunderstorm Over Narragansett Bay (1868). William Stanley Haseltine produced numerous studies of Narrangansett, focusing particularly on the area’s geologically significant rock formations, light, and atmosphere. His sensitive and extremely detailed sketches of the rocks of Narrangasett can be found in collections such as the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay, 1868
Oil on canvas, 32 1/8 x 54 3/4 inches
Collection Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX, 1977.17


Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837–1908) Narragansett Shore, 1871
Oil on paper mounted on board, 6 3/8 x 12 3/16 inches
Signed and dated lower left: A. T. Bricher 1871

Image courtesy of Questroyal Fine Art, LLC