By 1900, Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts was living in Concord, Massachusetts, but traveled frequently and spent summers in Annisquam, where she painted many of the seascapes for which she became best known. Lighthouse across Sand Dunes, dated 1908, may have been exhibited the following year among over thirty of Roberts’ paintings and sketches held at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
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The painting exemplifies the artist’s modern translation of the shoreline leading to the historic Annisquam Light, with the sands of Wingaersheek Beach located just across the water. During the war years, Roberts organized a series of exhibitions entitled Figures on the Sand, held at Doll and Richards Gallery in Boston, featuring sweeping views of Cape Ann beaches. These were well received by critics and collectors alike, who loved the bright, expansive coastal scenes of the North Shore.
Antiques dealer, Provincetown, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 28151, November 1985
To private collection, Barrington, Rhode Island, September 1989 to present
(possibly) Special Exhibition of Paintings by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Detroit Institute of Arts, November 15 – December 13, 1909, as No. 2 Annisquam Light