West Chop Light Watercolor

West Chop Light

Every summer from 1878 to 1907, the Martha’s Vineyard Summer Institute at  Cottage City (now Oak Bluffs) held classes at a “vacation school” for actively employed teachers. Classes were offered in academic fields, teaching methods, and the arts. 

Amelia Watson was one of the accomplished artists who came to teach at the Institute for many years. She lived in Connecticut, but traveled extensively to paint, lecture, and teach. This watercolor of West Chop Light at sunset is just one of many of Watson’s delicate drawings and watercolor sketches in the Museum’s collection. She made them on her day trips with students all over the Island and, in addition to their value as works of art, they record the nature of the Vineyard as it was in the 1880s.


Artist Amelia Watson
Title West Chop Light
Date 1889
Type Painting
Medium Watercolor on Paper
Credit Purchase of the Museum
Ref No 1942.059.007
Thematic Collection 100 Years, 100 Stories: Artists of This Island
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