American Artists in Bermuda, Online Exhibition & Sale

Eleanor Abrams View toward Somerset, Bermuda

Eleanor Abrams (1885-1967) View toward Somerset, Bermuda, Oil on canvas, mtd. on board, 10 x 14 inches, signed lower left

American Artists in Bermuda, Online Exhibition & Sale

In the summer of 1877, Mark Twain described Bermuda as a land of “snow-white houses peeping from the dull green vegetation” marked by “gleaming white roads.” This cheery characterization, which had Twain returning to the island dozens of times from 1868 to 1910, defined the tourist experience of Bermuda during this era. Everyone from Woodrow Wilson to the editor of Harper’s Bazaar caught Bermuda fever as travel to this British territory became more common. These nineteenth century “snow birds” (those who head south for the winter) arrived expecting the snow-white houses and beaches Twain admired and thus eventually these “symbols” of the Bermuda landscape became synonymous with escapism and enjoyment.

As seen in a group of works at Hawthorne Fine Art depicting Bermuda, bright, glistening, pastel homes and shorelines also attracted nineteenth century American artists. The impressionist painter Clark Greenwood Voorhees famously painted the Bermudian landscape time and time beginning in 1919, when his family began wintering on Somerset Island. Warren Francis Snow also attempted to capture the spirit of Bermuda’s seaside after he began annual visits to the island in 1931, as several of his canvases feature picturesque lighthouses and palm trees. Other artists like Mabel E. Dickinson Pond (1869-1960), Hanna Rion (1874-1924), and Eleanor Abrams (1885-1967) focused on Bermuda’s crystal blue waters and lush vegetation.

Artists like Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915), Henry Martin Gasser (1909-1981), Mariquita Gill (1861-1915), Edward Meriam Stetson (1872–1953) and Norman Irving Black (1883-1949/53) chose slightly dilapidated and quaint cottages as their subjects to highlight the romance of breezy, island culture. Often these paintings depict the views of the island as seen from a winding local road or a boat excursion, as in the case of Earl Thatcher (1872-1929) and Caroline M. Valentine. Overall this group of works symbolizes Bermuda’s significance in the imagination of American artists as well as the increasing tendency during the Gilded Age to look away from America’s rising social discord towards the beauty and tranquility of islands abroad.

Eleanor Abrams View toward Somerset, Bermuda

Eleanor Abrams (1885-1967) View toward Somerset, Bermuda, Oil on canvas, mtd. on board, 10 x 14 inches, signed lower left

Norman Irving Black A Seaside Cottage, Bermuda

Norman Irving Black (1883-1949/53), A Seaside Cottage, Bermuda, oil on canvas, 9 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches, signed lower right

Mabel E. Dickinson Pond, Bermuda House, Oleander in Bloom with Figure

Mabel E. Dickinson Pond (1869-1960) Bermuda House, Oleander in Bloom and Figure, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches, Signed lower right

Mabel E. Dickinson Pond, View from Spanish Point, Bermuda

Mabel E. Dickinson Pond (1869-1960) View from Spanish Point, Bermuda, c. 1920, Oil on canvas, mtd. on board. 8 x 10 inches, Signed lower right

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Edmund Henry Garrett, Bermuda Landscape with Houses

Henry Martin Gasser Lazy Afternoon, St. George

Henry Martin Gasser (1909-1981) Lazy Afternoon, St. George, c. 1950. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 8 x 10 inches, Signed lower right and inscribed, St. George.

Mariquita Gill Cottage by the Sea, Bermuda

MARIQUITA GILL (1861-1915) Cottage by the Sea, Bermuda, c. 1912 Oil on panel 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches Signed lower left

Hanna Rion Bermuda House and Gardens

Hanna Rion (1874-1924) Bermuda House and Gardens, c. 1900, Oil on artist's board, 14 x 14 inches, Signed lower left

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Warren Francis Snow (1869—1962) Bermuda Beach with Cedar and House Oil on board 8 3/16 x 10 inches Signed in lower left corner: W.F. Snow Inscribed and dated on verso: Bermuda/1940

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Warren Francis Snow (1869—1962) Bermuda Scene with Gibbs Lighthouse Oil on board 8 x 12 inches Signed in lower left corner: W.F. Snow Inscribed and dated on verso: Bermuda/1940

Edward Meriam Stetson Bermuda Cottage

EDWARD MERIAM STETSON (1872–1953), Bermuda Cottage, 1912, Oil on canvas mtd on board, 6 x 9 inches, Inscribed verso

Earl Thatcher Yachting in Bermuda

Earl Thatcher (1872-1929) Yachting in Bermuda, 1909, oil on canvas, 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, Signed and dated 1909, lower right

Ross Sterling Turner The Green Gate, Bermuda

Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915) The Green Gate, Bermuda, 1892. Watercolor & gouache on paper, mtd. on board, 14 x 10 inches, Signed and dated 1892, lower right, and inscribed Bermuda.

Ross Sterling Turner A Garden by the Sea

Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915) A Garden by the Sea, Bermuda, c. 1890. Watercolor & gouache on paper, 14 x 10 inches, Signed lower left and inscribed: Bermuda

Caroline Valentine A View from the Road, Bermuda

CAROLINE M. VALENTINE, A View from the Road, Bermuda, n.d., Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inches, Signed lower right

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Springfield in Daylight Unframed

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Springfield in Daylight, Bermuda, oil on board, 18 x 24 inches, signed lower right

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Cedar Trees at Whale Bay

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933) Cedar Trees at Whale Bay Oil on board 17 ¾ x 21 15/16 inches Signed lower center

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Beach with Rocky Cliff

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Beach with Rocky Cliff, Oil on board, 4 x 5 13/16 inches, Estate stamp verso

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Shore View

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Shore View, Oil on board, 4 ½ x 6 1/8 inches, Estate stamp verso

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Beach View

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Beach View, Oil on board, 4 3/8 x 6 inches, Estate stamp verso

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Ocean View

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Ocean View, Oil on board, 4 3/8 x 6 inches, Estate stamp verso

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Rocks Framing Beach Scene

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Rocks Framing Beach Scene, Oil on board, 8 7/8 x 12 inches, Estate stamp verso

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Sand Dunes South Shore

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Sand Dunes—South Shore, Oil on board, 9 x 12 inches, Signed lower right

Clark Greenwood Voorhees Looking Toward the Dockyard, Sketch

CLARK GREENWOOD VOORHEES (1871-1933), Looking Toward the Dockyard, Sketch, Oil on board, 8 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches, Estate stamp verso

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