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Maker(s):Goodridge, Eliza (attributed)
Culture:American (1798-1882)
Title:watercolor: Round Hill, Northampton, Massachusetts
Date Made:ca. 1824
Materials:paper, watercolor
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Northampton
Measurements:Frame: 17 9/16 x 21 1/2 x 13/16 in; 44.6 x 54.6 x 2.1 cm; Mat: 16 x 20 in; 40.6 x 50.8 cm; Sight: 9 5/16 x 13 in; 23.7 x 33 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2003.40
Credit Line:John W. and Christiana G.P. Batdorf Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Watercolor of Round Hill in Northampton, Massachusetts attributed to Eliza Goodridge (1798-1882), done around 1824. Elizabeth was the sister of Sara Goodridge who was born in Templeton, Mass., and was to become a prominent miniaturist. Elizabeth was also a miniaturist, with some of her work in the collections of the American Antiquarian Society and the Worcester Art Museum. This view of Round Hill which has five large houses on a hill over a farm house and fields, and a large tree and fencing in the right hand foreground, was made into a lithograph by Pendleton Lithography, circa 1827. The Pendelton firm was the first to introduce lithography to the Boston area, producing some of the finest lithographs ever made and employing some of the day's most celebrated artists. Pendleton also did prints from the drawings and watercolors of several young ladies. However, Elizabeth Goodridge seems to have been the only one to say (on the lithograph) "From nature & on stone by Elizabeth Goodridge," which means that she actually drew the view of Round Hill on the stone with a lithographic crayon. There is no direct proof that the other girls actually executed the lithographs themselves, but rather just supplied the drawings. A similar watercolor to this example was auctioned in the Nina Fletcher Little and Bert Little Sotheby's sale, lot 677, October 1994. The Littles also owned the corresponding lithograph of Round Hill with Elizabeth's signature; however that watercolor is slightly different, without a large tree and fence on the right side and the foreground left unfinished.

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