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|Dimensions||7 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (19.05 x 11.43 cm)|
|Medium||Graphite pencil on on lined, spiral notebook paper|
|Credit Line||Bates College Museum of Art, Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, Gift of Norma Berger, 1955.1.94|
This drawing and four others (MHMC 1955.1.95 and 96, plus 1955.1.44, and ink sketch) are preliminary studies for Fisherman's Family (Crocker Museum, Sacramento CA), an oil painting done during the last year of his life but refers back to 1935 and 1936 when he lived with the Francis Mason family at their island home on Eastern Point, Nova Scotia, near the tiny fishing community of Blue Rocks. Specifically, these drawings and especially the painting are elegiac commemorations of the drowning deaths of Alty and Donny Mason in September 1936. It was not until 1938 and 1939 that Hartley, who greatly mourned these young men (he had fallen in love, it would seem, with Alty Mason).
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