McMariner's Well. Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Me. by James David Smillie

McMariners Well. Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Me. by James David Smillie

McMariner's Well. Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Me.

James David Smillie

Title

McMariner's Well. Cape Elizabeth, Portland, Me.

 
Artist
Year
1880  
Technique
watercolor 
Image Size
6 3/4 x 10 1/4" image 
Signature
signed in pigment: J Smillie in lower right 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
in pigment in lower right beneath signature: Oct. 2d. 1880; and tltled in pigment in lower left corner of image 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory textured watercolor paper 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
BC222 
Price
$8,000.00 
Description

Originally a part of Portland, Maine (named Falmouth at the time), the citizens petitioned for and obtained their own government in 1765, thus including all the area lying south of Portland Harbor and east of the Spurwink River. Commercial and industrial growth in the north end of the town, nearest the harbor (now South Portland), was in sharp contrast to the continuing rural character of the southern tip of the Cape. In 1895, the two sections agreed to separate, and from that date forward the southern end of the original town became the present town of Cape Elizabeth.

Smillie's watercolor was done in 1880 when it was farmland. This exquisite small landscape records a small rural property with outbuildings, chickens and a well on the MacMariner property.