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Jonathan D. Poor (1807-1845)
lime wash fresco and tempera on plaster
overall: 67 1/8 in x 139 1/2 in
Acquired through the generosity of Judy and John William McNaughton, 33°, Dorothy A. and Albert H. Richardson, Jr., Supreme Council, 33°, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Trustees of the Supreme Council Benevolent Fund, The Webber Memorial Fund, and Scottish Rite Masons in the fifteen states of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, U.S.A.
Painted wall mural showing a harbor view and a rural landscape. Gray sky, pale blue water and green-brown grass. Five tall trees in the foreground with green leaves that extend vertically to the top of the painting. Body of water extends to the back of the painting with green land at left and right. Green island in the center with additional trees on all land sections. Four ships are visible at left side. At center is a small boat with a sail steered by a man wearing a top hat and jacket. Signature in black at center reads, "JD Poor 1830."
Jonathan D. Poor (1807-1845) was the nephew of itinerant artist and inventor, Rufus Porter (1792-1884). He was trained by Porter. This mural was originally painted in the Burbank House in Mount Vernon, Maine, which was built in 1820. This section is the central mural from the dining room.