Albert Fitch Bellows
The Brooklyn Museum's collection of American watercolors was begun in 1906, when this work was acquired in a bequest from the Brooklyn collector Caroline H. Polhemus. 'Coaching in New England' was the work of Albert Fitch Bellows, a practitioner and promoter of watercolor beginning in the late 1860s. To demonstrate that watercolor was as significant and as durable as oil painting, he deliberately produced large and highly finished "exhibition watercolors." This quaint New England subject was among the most praised works in the 1877 annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.
Descriptive medium: Watercolor and opaque watercolor with selectively applied glaze over graphite on moderately thick, rough-textured wove paper
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