Childe Hassam

American (1859–1935)

The “Home, Sweet Home” Cottage, East Hampton, Long Island

1916

Oil on canvas

Museum 40th Anniversary Purchase of the Collectors Circle for Its 10th Anniversary with additional funds from an anonymous donor, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, Inc., Mr. Jon D. and Dr. Jennifer R. Gilby, GunnAllen Financial, Homes by Helen, Inc., Mainstream America, Inc., Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A., Smith & Associates Realtors, Inc., T. D. Waterhouse, Synovus Bank of Tampa Bay, U.S. Trust Company, N.A., Mr. and Mrs. James E. MacDougald, two anonymous donors, Mrs. Lynne Hensley, Dr. and Mrs. Mack Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Hough, Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Minck, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Amley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Doyle, Sr., Mr. Terry P. Loebel, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle B. McClendon, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick MacFawn III, Mrs. Sam Rahall, Mrs. Arlene Fillinger Rothman, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Thomas, Mrs. Anne Long Soehl, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Springer, and an anonymous donor in memory of Mrs. Hope Elizabeth Hilton Andruss

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Hassam hailed from an old New England family whose ancestors included the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Yet, he was influenced by French Impressionism. Famous for his seascapes and scenes of urban leisure, he also painted architectural subjects as early as 1883.

Hassam first visited East Hampton in 1898–the year he also helped found the group “Ten American Painters.” Like some of his contemporaries who looked back to America’s colonial past, Hassam depicted the area’s saltboxes that recalled those found around his boyhood home of Dorchester, Massachusetts. The saltbox is a New England house, designed by English settlers. Here, Hassam captured the verdant facade of the early 18th century house where John Howard Payne (1791–1851) was raised. Payne authored lyrics for the beloved song, “Home, Sweet Home,” which celebrates the simplicity of American domestic life.

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