Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
Childe Hassam (1859-1935)

The Bartlett Garden, Amagansett, Long Island

Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
The Bartlett Garden, Amagansett, Long Island
signed and dated 'Childe Hassam/Aug. 1933' (lower right)--inscribed 'Dedicated to Josiah Bartlett a signer of the Declaration of Independence and to a garden made at Amagansett, Long Island by one of his descendants' (on the stretcher)--inscribed with title (on a label affixed to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
27½ x 61¼ in. (69.9 x 155.58 cm.)
The artist.
Estate of the above.
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, by bequest, 1935.
[With]Milch Galleries, New York, by 1961.
Irving Felt, New York, 1961.
[With]Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York, 1977.
Milton and Adrienne Porter, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sotheby's, New York, 22 May 2002, lot 45.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Parrish Art Museum, The Long Island Landscape 1914-1946: The Transitional Years, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1982, n.p., no. 56, illustrated.
Southampton, New York, Guild Hall, Artists of East Hampton, August-October 1976.
Southampton, New York, Parrish Art Museum, The Long Island Landscape 1914-1946, June-August, 1982, no. 56.



Edward Everett Bartlett built the home depicted in the present work in East Hampton in 1914. According to his granddaughter, Bartlett himself designed the garden, importing pillars from Italy and installing a version of Frederick MacMonnies' sculpture Pan of Rohallion. Childe Hassam, whose studio was nearby in East Hampton, visited the garden and, impressed by the landscape architecture, asked to paint the verdant splendor. Edward Everett Bartlett's granddaughter recalled Hassam's visits in a letter written to the catalogue raisonné committee circa 1982, "As I remember he was doing the side where there was an arbor. His arrivals were fun to watch out the window upstairs in the house. His valet brought his paints, an umbrella, a lap robe, a folding chair--that's all I remember--and waited till he wanted to go home."

This work will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.