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Sunflower Castle Painting Acquired by Historic New England
Artist’s Studio-Sunflower Castle, c. 1910. Watercolor on paper, 18 ¼ x 14 1/8 inches. Showing the third story of 130 Mount Vernon Street, which Frank Bourne turned into an artist’s studio for his wife.
BOSTON, MA.- The Historic New England recently acquired a painting by New England artist Gertrude Beals Bourne (1868-1962). The beautiful watercolor depicts Gertrude Beals Bourne’s studio, created for her by her husband, architect Frank Bourne, in “Sunflower Castle,” their house on Boston’s Beacon Hill. The Bournes moved in right after their marriage in 1904 and lived there until 1962.

Known for painting gardens and Colonial Revival architecture, Bourne’s work was shown at such venues as the Boston Art Club, the New York Water Color Club, the American Water Color Society, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

The vast collections of Historic New England's Library and Archives provide important documentation for New England's cultural and architectural history. Its holdings include photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, ephemera, prints and engravings, artwork, and books. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org to explore our online collection of manuscripts, photography, and more.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

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