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Newburyport Marshes: Passing Storm

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Martin Johnson Heade (Lumberville, Pennsylvania, 1819 - 1904, Saint Augustine, Florida)


Newburyport Marshes: Passing Storm

Creation Date

ca. 1865-1870


19th century


15 1/8 in. x 30 1/4 in. (38.42 cm x 76.84 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States, Massachusetts

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, with the aid of the Sylvia E. Ross Fund


Public Domain

Accession Number


Martin Johnson Heade’s views of the salt marshes near Newburyport, Massachusetts, are among his finest works. In these paintings, Heade took the same basic elements—haystacks, flat marshland, a glassy river, and open sky—and arranged them in different ways to achieve a series of harmoniously balanced, horizontal compositions. For a nation torn apart by the Civil War, Heade’s salt marsh landscape offered a vision of nature inhabited by an orderly and benevolent deity in which only the passing rain cloud alludes to the nation’s troubles. Heade was less well-known in his day than other Hudson River School painters, yet his work has enjoyed wide critical praise since its rediscovery in the 1940s.

Keywords: landscape (representation)