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Portland Head Light
Historian Edward Rowe Snow wrote, "Portland Head and its light seem to symbolize the state of Maine -- rocky coast, breaking waves, sparkling water and clear, pure salt air." The 350,000 to 400,000 people who visit this site each year would agree; Portland Head is one of the most spectacularly beautiful lighthouse sites in New England. It is probably the most photographed and painted lighthouses in the country and inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was from Portland, to write his poem The Lighthouse . . .
"The rocky ledge runs far out into the sea
And on its outer point, some miles away,
The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day."
This is a fine Folk Art oil on board of Portland Head Light as it appeared in 1888 and was painted by Emma Stanford Whitney, 1888 and is signed on the reverse. It has a three dimensional quality as it was painted on a curved surface . . . think of a 10-1/2" dinner plate made of artist's board. It is very well done and one can almost hear the waves crashing on the rocks as a storm rolls in from the sea.
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