Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire

Annie Deming Barker, American, 1838 - 1918

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1863

Oil on canvas

Overall: 9 × 18 in. (22.9 × 45.7 cm)

Frame: 14 × 23 in. (35.6 × 58.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Dr. Raymond E. Jankowich, Class of '52, in memory of his wife, Karen Elise

2023.22

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

19th century

Object Name

Painting

Research Area

Painting

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With Mount Monadnock towering in the background, Annie Barker captures a sense of calm. Cows lounge in a meadow and clouds reflect off the waters in the foreground, demonstrating Barker’s keen interest in lighting and atmospheric effects. Barker likely traveled to Monadnock as a tourist from her home in Calais, Maine. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller popularized the region in their writings, creating a large tourist industry in the area. Barker was one of few women landscape painters active in the early 1860s due to sexist limitations enforced by men. We do not know how or where Barker received her training, but by 1860 she was working as a Teacher of Painting at the Gorham Female Seminary in Portland, Maine.

From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.

Provenance

Private Collection, until 1970; sold to Vose Galleries, Boston, 1970, inventory 23376; purchased Dr. Raymond E. Jankowich, Stratford, Connecticut, 1971; given to present collection, 2023.

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