Jun 13, 2007
Feb 27, 2012

Point Judith, Rhode Island

Point Judith, Rhode Island


Martin Johnson Heade

(American, 1819–1904)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 97 x 153.5 x 14 cm (38 3/16 x 60 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.); Unframed: 72.3 x 128 cm (28 7/16 x 50 3/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund and Gift of Delbert Gutridge in memory of Orrel A. Parker by exchange 1970.161

Did you know?

Home to Point Judith, the beach town of Narragansett has its population double during summertime.


One of only a handful of nocturnal scenes painted by Heade, this evocative painting captures the effects of glimmering moonlight on land, sea, and sky. Although the artist depicts a specific location, his nighttime rendering shrouds most details in shadow, imparting a greater sense of mood than place. Human presence manifests itself through two sailing ships on the left side of the composition.

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