Clustered off the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine, the Isles of Shoals have inspired artists for generations, and White Island Light in particular, found on the southernmost atoll, has been famously depicted by painters including Alfred T. Bricher, Frederick Childe Hassam and Sheppard’s onetime teacher Mauritz de Haas. Established in 1820 and replaced with the current day structure in 1859, the lighthouse and the hardy souls who served as keepers bravely withstood the test of time before it became fully automated in 1986.
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Sheppard seems to have been especially enamored with the Isles of Shoals; several paintings of ships navigating the archipelago’s rocky shorelines in all manner of weather can be found among his oeuvre. A Schooner off White Island Light, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire serves as one of his more tranquil renditions as he depicts a moored vessel delivering supplies to the outpost. His dual background as both experienced mariner and artist comes into full view through his careful delineation of the rigging and sails, and his brilliant interpretation of reflections in the undulating water
Collection, New York, New York
Godel and Co. Fine Art, New York, New York, with painting description