Ipswich Days

Arthur Wesley Dow and His Hometown

Trevor Fairbrother

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Born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Arthur Wesley Dow (1857­–1922) is renowned for his paintings and prints that take their subject matter from nature and reflect the orderly design and fine handcrafting championed by the Arts and Crafts movement. This charming book presents an important discovery—a previously undocumented photograph album titled Ipswich Days comprising forty-one cyanotypes that Dow produced in 1899. Dedicated to his poet-friend Everett Stanley Hubbard, Ipswich Days offers a fresh new look at Dow’s attention to the abstract aspects of form, color, and cropping in the creation of his designs while documenting his deep personal attachment to his rural and historic hometown.

 

Ipswich Days analyzes this album and its significance in the artist’s career. Each of the images––which depict Ipswich’s clam shanties, marshes, farms, people, trees, flowers, and boats alike––is handsomely reproduced and reflects the beauty that Dow saw and interpreted in this quintessentially New England town.

Trevor Fairbrother is an independent scholar and curator. Formerly at the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he is author of Painting Summer in New England and John Singer Sargent: The Sensualist, both published by Yale.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Addison Gallery of American Art (September 22, 2007 – January 6, 2008)

"Ipswich Days offers a previously unknown (and undocumented) photograph album that the artist produced in 1899. A rare find, this lovely little book reveals both Dow's love of his natural environment and his interest in the abstractions of color and form that informed his work. A pleasant and informative read."—Art Times
 
ISBN: 9780300132915
Publication Date: January 3, 2008
Co-publisher: Distributed for the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
146 pages, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2
6 b/w + 67 color illus.
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