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.
|Title||West Chop Light|
|Medium||Watercolor on Paper|
|Credit||Purchase of the Museum|
|Thematic Collection||100 Years, 100 Stories: Artists of This Island|