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|Dimensions||6 7/8 x 10 in. (17.46 x 25.4 cm)|
|Medium||Black ink on paper|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of Norma Berger, 1955.1.32|
For drawings (1955.1.32-1955.1.42): These pen and ink drawings were taken from the blue-covered Monogram sketchbook that was part of Norma Berger's original gift to Bates College in 1955. The first six represent landscape motifs in the Dogtown region, a glacial moraine on the outskirts of Gloucester on the Cape Ann Peninsula of Massachusetts Bay, where Hartley worked in 1931 and 1934. Following the Dogtown series in the same sketchbook are five drawings executed in the same medium and in a similarly expressive, fluid style, even frenzied style (1955.1.38-1955.1.42). With these five, there is a definite shift in subject matter—from boulder strewn terrain with juniper trees, blueberry bushes, fences, to harbor scenes, fishnets, and a forest glade. These are now thought to have been done in Blue Rocks, an offshore island in Nova Scotia where Hartley spent the summers of 1935 and 1936 with the Masons, a fishermen's family. A possible explanation is that the six Dogtown drawings, done either 1931 or 1934 were still in the Monogram sketchbook when he again took up the pen and ink medium in Nova Scotia. In fact, it has been established that Hartley did carry on with paintings of Dogtown from memory after he arrived in Nova Scotia, with a total of eleven canvases, the so-called "Green Landscapes," most of which feature the boulders and wire fence motif typical of the MHMC ink drawings. More precise dating is especially difficult, since the artist did not date any of the 34 known drawings of Dogtown, although a letter to his friend Adelaide Kuntz from 1931 mentions that he "is up in Dogtown every afternoon until the sun goes down" making drawings for paintings.
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