Mary Townsend Mason, The Seagull and the Trailing Yew

Mary Townsend Mason: The Seagull and the Trailing Yew (c. 1932) Oil on canvas
The Seagull and the Trailing Yew
c. 1932
Oil on canvas
Credit Line
Gift of Hilda Louise Armour, 2004
15" x 30 ¼"

A wide landscape presents two inns, The Seagull and the Trailing Yew, perched atop a hillside on Monhegan Island, Maine. Mason rendered the buildings and their surroundings with a spirited brushstrokes and a colorful nature. A rainbow of color dances across the canvas, enlivening every section.

Ever popular among artists, especially within the 19th century, impressionists such as Mary Butler and Constance Cochrane were attracted to the coastal and cliffside views of Monhegan. The island also boasted an art colony which included the likes of  Robert Henri, George Bellows and Edward Hopper. A substantial artist community still exists there today.

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  • I worked at the Trailing a Yew in the summer of 1962 to earn money to go to college. I would love a print of this picture. Are there any?

    Diane Mudano