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Born in Nyack, New York, 1882
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Captain Strout's House, Portland Head, 1927
Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on wove paper
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1928.3
In the summer of 1927, Hopper drove around Cape Elizabeth, southeast of Portland, Maine, in search of new subject matter. This watercolor is among the most picturesque from that summer and depicts Portland Head Light, the oldest lighthouse in the state, along with the adjacent keeper's house. Hopper uses his characteristic yellow-green, blue, and brown palette and a simple technique in which layers of pale wash are applied over light pencil outlines.