About the Artist
Martin Johnson Heade's (1819–1904) first pictures of marshlands depicted Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, near the mouth of the Merrimack River, an area he discovered in 1859. By the end of his career he had executed more than 100 marsh subjects, accounting for almost one-fifth of his entire known oeuvre as a painter. Over the course of this series Heade captured the essential character of the wetlands environment, depicted the tides, meteorological phenomena, and other natural forces that shaped the appearance of the swamp and showed how the land was used for hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of naturally occurring salt hay. No other artist of the era explored and analyzed the unique qualities of the marshes in such a sustained and detailed way.
- 18 x 24 inches