Published: October 19, 2010
Historic New England recently acquired a painting by New England artist Gertrude Beals Bourne (1868‱962). The watercolor depicts Gertrude Beals Bourne’s studio, created for her by her husband, architect Frank Bourne, in “Sunflower Castle,” their house on Boston’s Beacon Hill. The Bournes moved in right after their marriage in 1904 and lived there until 1962.
Known for painting gardens and Colonial Revival architecture, Bourne’s work was shown at such venues as the Boston Art Club, the New York Water Color Club, the American Water Color Society, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Art.
“Artist’s Studio-Sunflower Castle,” circa 1910, watercolor on paper, 18¼ by 141/8 inches, shows the third story of 130 Mount Vernon Street, which Frank Bourne turned into an artist’s studio for his wife.
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