The Nathaniel Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport was commissioned by Captain Nathaniel Lord, a successful merchant and shipbuilder, and built during the War of 1812 (1812-1814) by out-of-work ship carpenters left idle due to the British blockade of the Kennebunk River. Designed in the Federalist style and having descended through the Lord family until 1972, the stately home is the largest in town and for over forty years has been a bed and breakfast. It is only a short walk from Graves’ home on Ocean Avenue, and served as worthy inspiration for two large paintings: one depicting the front door, which was exhibited in 1924 and is now in a private Massachusetts collection, and a second of the side door, which was painted about 1928 and is now in the collection of the Kennebunkport Historical Society. House of 1812 is a smaller version of the latter and embodies the artist’s wonderful translation of sunlight and shadow falling upon the walkway and against wall and doorway.
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Private Midwest collection for several generations
To collection, St. Louis, Missouri, by 2020