Two Studies of Islands from The Thousand Islands Sketchbook

Martin Johnson Heade, American, 1819 - 1904


about 1860

Graphite on wove paper

Sheet: 6 3/8 × 10 1/8 in. (16.2 × 25.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, center right: Thousand Islands; center left: 25 ft long; upper right, within island: very near; numbered, upper right (by Spanierman Gallery): 5 [encircled]

Exhibition History

Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 29, 2005; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 24-September 11, 2005; National Academy Museum, New York City, New York, October 20-December 31, 2005.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–July 22, 2022.

Publication History

Theodore Stebbins, The Life and Works of Martin Johnson Heade, New Haven and New London: Yale University Press, 1975, p. 290, no. 398.

Barbara J. MacAdam, Marks of Distinction: Two Hundred Years of American Drawings and Watercolors from the Hood Museum of Art, Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2005, pp. 20, 88, 254-255, ill. p. 89, no. 18.


The artist; by descent to Sam Heed (the artist's nephew), Lumberville, Pennsylvania; to Mrs. Elsie Heed Housley (his daughter), Lumberville, Pennsylvania, until 1969; to Ross Kepler, New Jersey, until 1993; Sotheby's, New York, New York, "American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture," May 27, 1993, in lot 202, as the Housley Sketchbook; sold to Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York, New York, 1993; sold to present collection, 1999.

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