Southern Island Light

Patrick Downey

Ellsworth, United States

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Southern Island and its lighthouse are the subject of dozens of paintings by both Andew and son Jamie Wyeth. Southern Island is a tiny 22-acre expanse of rock, grasses and a few spruce trees, with a sweeping view of the Atlantic. The Southern Island Lighthouse was built in 1857, extinguished in 1934 and restored by Betsy James Wyeth in the 1970s as a private retreat for Andrew Wyeth. After they moved further out to sea in 1990, Jamie took over Southern Island Light as his principal studio and residence. An excellent article in ISLAND JOURNAL by Christopher Crosman, director of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, illustrates these and interprets many of their paintings. The museum has established a special Wyeth Collection Center to exhibit both Wyeths’ paintings from Andrew and Betsy Wyeth’s personal collection.

St. George, Maine

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