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Near Newport

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Frederick Kensett
American, 1816–1872

About this artwork

In this late work, John Frederick Kensett portrayed the Rhode Island coast with spare, yet meticulous forms suffused with light and quietude. A solitary female figure seated at right almost goes unnoticed amid the long, horizontal bands of earth and water. It is the expansive sky that dominates the composition, suggestive of a spiritual force in nature. Kensett, who first trained as an engraver, applied draftsman’s precision to his paintings of the American landscape. Near Newport hints at the tourist activities that would come to define the town in the late 19th century, with couples walking along the distant shore and bathing tents dotting the horizon.


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Arts of the Americas


John Frederick Kensett


Near Newport


Newport (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, lower right: "JFK (monogram) 69"


29.5 × 62.4 cm (11 5/8 × 24 1/4 in.)

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Friends of American Art Collection; Goodman Fund

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