American, (1853-1902)
"Julian Alden Weir's Cottage, Branchville, Connecticut," ca. 1888-91
pastel on paper
signed in pencil lower right "Twachtman," inscribed and dated lower left "To Little Dorothy / Branchville / Oct 13 -90," inscribed on the reverse "J.A Weir"

  • Notes: A label from the estate of Donald Brenwasser is on the reverse.

    The present work is P.814 in Lisa N. Peters, "John Henry Twachtman Catalogue Raisonné" (Greenwich, Connecticut.: Greenwich Historical Society, 2021) (

    In the catalog, Dr. Peters notes:
    Blended inconspicuously into the landscape, the small building in this pastel is a cottage on Pelham Lane, the road that was at the southern edge of Julian Alden Weir's farm in Branchville. Twachtman dedicated the work on October 13, 1890 to "little Dorothy," referring to Weir's second child Dorothy, who was born the previous June 18 (she joined her elder sister Caroline, who was born in 1884). Twachtman featured the cottage as well in the pastel "Red House, Pelham Lane, Branchville" (P.815). (SOURCE:

    Framed dimensions: 16 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches

    tags: works on paper, listed artist, American Impressionist / Impressionism, New England, 19th century
  • Provenance: The artist; Dorothy Weir Young (J.A. Weir's granddaughter); Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York; Hammer Galleries, New York, New York; Donald Brenwasser, Wyckoff, New Jersey, ca. 1969; Sotheby's, New York, New York, March 6, 2008, lot 39; Private Collection, Alabama.
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 7 inches (sight)
  • Exhibited: New York, New York, Spanierman Gallery, "John Henry Twachtman, 1853-1902: An Exhibition of Paintings and Pastels," Feb. 3-24, 1968, no. 28; Southampton, New York, The Parrish Art Museum and Greenwich, Connecticut, The Bruce Museum, "A Connecticut Place: Weir Farm, An American Painter's Rural Retreat," 2000, p. 111, illustrated.
  • Literature: Lisa N. Peters, "John Twachtman (1853-1902) and the American Scene in the Late Nineteenth Century: The Frontier within the Terrain of the Familiar," 2 vols., Ph.D. dissertation, (New York: City University of New York, 1995 and Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1996), vol. 1, pp. 266, 348; vol. 2, p. 807, fig. 203 (illus.).
  • Medium: pastel on paper
  • Condition: not examined out frame; overall very good condition

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