Sunday Painting: Marshfield Meadows by Martin Johnson Heade

Whenever we watch Antiques Roadshow, or Cash in the Attic or other shows like that, John gets a little annoyed with me because I am always yelling “sell it!” at the TV. In most cases the cash value of the object being appraised is far more interesting to me the object itself. And in some cases the objects are just plain ugly. But once on an episode of the short-lived “Find!” the Keno brothers were at a woman’s house and she had a painting my Martin Johnson Heade in her attic (or basement).

Now that Martin Johnson Heade that they found (wasn’t this one) sold for $800,000 when they took it to auction. A decidedly huge amount for shows like these. And it was the one time that I was really torn. $800,000 could buy many, many things. But to acutally own a Martin Johnson Heade.

Marshfield Meadows, 1878
Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH


6 thoughts on “Sunday Painting: Marshfield Meadows by Martin Johnson Heade

  1. C.B. James April 3, 2011 / 10:08 am

    I know what you mean. But, on the other hand, 800,000 dollars….


  2. ramblingfancy April 3, 2011 / 12:41 pm

    Would be nice to sell it to a museum so you could still visit and yet have the money too!


  3. Margaret Evans Porter April 3, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    I, too, regularly yelp “Sell it! Sell it!” when watching Antiques Roadshow.
    Thanks for posting a painting within a 45 minutes drive of my home! A particularly lovely view by a wonderful artist.


  4. joan.kyler April 5, 2011 / 8:37 am

    I've not only seen this painting at The Currier, I lived in Marshfield, MA, which is the Marshfield in the painting. The salt marshes are one of the best things about the town.

    There was a terrific exhibit of Heade's paintings at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston many years ago. I still have and love a bookmark from the show. I remember that it was mostly paintings from his trip to South America. He's a favorite of mine. I missed that episode of Antiques Roadshow!


  5. Meg April 5, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    That is definitely a gorgeous painting, though $800,000 is an amount of money too great for me to really comprehend… I would be torn, too.


  6. Thomas at My Porch April 7, 2011 / 8:52 am

    CB: You are right, I would definitely take the $800k. I could buy a great Jon Scheuler and still have $700k to play with.

    Donna: That would be the best of both worlds.

    Margaret: I have never been to that museum so I am not entirely sure where I got the post card. I went to a Heade exhibit years ago. Maybe they had it there.

    Joan: I may have seen that same show here at the National Gallery. It was on a short-lived show with the Keno brothers called Find.

    Meg: Even though I love the idea of owning a Heade, I would take the cash.


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