Ipswich Days Arthur Wesley Dow and His Hometown
Author: Trevor Fairbrother
Publisher/Date: Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (2007) First edition, 1st printing. NAP. Published in conjunction with the exhibition held Sept. 2007 to Jan. 2008.
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 146 pages, 7.8 x 7.7 inches. Illustrated endpapers. Profusely illustrated in duotones with a few in full color.
Description: from the publisher:
Born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) is renowned for his paintings and prints that take their subject matter from nature and reflect the orderly design and fine handcrafting championed by the Arts & Crafts movement. This charming book presents an important discovery - a previously undocumented album titled Ipswich Days that comprises forty-one cyanotypes that Dow produced in 1899.
Dedicated to his poet-friend Everett Stanley Hubbard, Ipswich Days offers a fresh new look at Dow's attention to the abstract aspects of form, color, and cropping in the creation of his designs while documenting his deep personal attachment to his rural and historic hometown. Ipswich Days analyzes this album and its significance in the artist's career. Each of the images, depicting Ipswich's clam shanties, marshes, farms, people, trees, flowers, and boats alike, is handsomely reproduced and reflects the beauty that Dow saw and uniquely interpreted in this quintessentially New England town.