August 22, 2012

Safely Returned to Port

For those of you who read my post on one of the previous owners of the Enos Kellogg House, advertising executive and maritime artist Robert R. Newell, you might be interested to see our latest piece of artwork.
This is a watercolor of the ship Courier, painted by Robert Newell in 1972, and purchased by me last month at an auction in Massachusetts.
This particular piece was almost certainly painted either in our house or across the street from our house in the farm's stone carriage house, which served as Mr. Newell's Whale House Gallery and Whaling Museum in the 1960s and early 1970s.

It is not too often that we have an opportunity to return something to the house, even if it is from only 40 years ago, so I was pleased to have the auction gods smile on me with this one.  I've seen several original works and prints or Robert Newell sell in recent years for way more than I had in my budget (basically, nothing), so I was very lucky to find an original watercolor that I liked a lot and that other bidders kindly left for me to grab.