Rockaway Beach, Long Island (On the Beach)

TitleRockaway Beach, Long Island (On the Beach)
Mediumoil on wood panel
Dimensions11 3/4 x 20
Signature"R.A. Blakelock" lower right signed and dated "R.A. Blakelock, 1870" over first signature
Current OwnerMuseum of Fine Arts
URL of Owner
CityStateBoston, MA
ProvenanceArtist; Col. William P. Roome; AAA, March 31-April, 1926, No. 12; Anderson, Jan. 24, 1928, No. 71; Mrs. J. G. Roome (?); Parke Bennet, April 6, 1946, No. 57; Sydney A. Levyne, Baltimore, 1947; Maxim Karolik, Newport; gift to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, M. & M. Karolik Collection, 1962
ExhibitedMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1963; Santa Barbara, 1969; San Francisco, 1969; Phoenix, 1969; Heckscher, 1969; Knoedler, 1973
Subject DescriptionA view straight along the beach. Bathhouses and other buildings on edge of the beach area animated by many figures and flying flags on tall poles. Almost all the figures depicted seem to be in street clothes. The few and indistinct bathers in the breakers at the right cannot be seen clearly enough to determine their costume.
ConditionGenerally good although there is considerable evidence of repaint and alterations.
Infra-redSharpens the image.
UltraVioletReveals that almost all of the left foreground area has been repainted, some figures have been painted out, lettering on brown fence obliterated, and a double signature, red on top of black.
ColorNotably bright and clear, subdue touches of color, red blue ochre in costumes and areas, sea a dark gray.
X-rayVery thin ground-wood pattern quite clear.
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