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Object ID 1950.027.013
Object Name Watercolor
Title Joseph Stidham House
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Bequest of Mrs. Thomas G. Grier
Date 1896
Artist Robert Shaw
Makers mark R. Shaw - signed lower left of watercolor
Description Framed, watercolor painting of the Joseph Stidham house by Robert Shaw (1859-1912). The painting depicts an angled view from the right of a two-storey house with a peaked roof, covered front porch with classical columns, and a widow's walk at the center of the roof. The house has an addition on the back that is partially hidden by trees and a grassy front lawn that gently slopes down to a body of water at the left side. There is a small rowboat pulled up on the shore and there is a grouping of trees at the right side. There is a framer's label at the back for the Carspecken Scott Gallery, 1707 North Lincoln Street, Wilmington 19806.

The house stood at the rear of the Crane Hook Church on the Delaware River, near the site of the Wilmington Marine Terminal. Captain Joseph Stidham was the great-grandson of Tymen Stidham (1617-1686; one of Delaware's first physicians), served in the Revolutionary War, and was later the Sheriff of New Castle County.
Dimensions H-15.5 W-21.25 D-0.875 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Provenance Mrs. Thomas (Susan I.) Grier was the sister of Mrs. Oliver I. Kimball of Newton Center, MA, who commissioned Robert Shaw to paint several watercolors of her family's ancestral homes in Delaware in 1896. Mrs. Kimball was the daughter of George Theodore Clark and Harriet Sellers Alrichs. She claimed descent though both parents from Tymen Stidham and Jean Paul Jaquet, while on her mother's side she was descended from Peter Alrichs.
Subjects Watercolors
Historic buildings
People Shaw, Robert
Stidham, Joseph
Search Terms Joseph Stidham House
Robert Shaw
Nineteenth Century
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE
Medium Watercolor