This painting may have been purchased by Frederick Billings at a National Academy of Design sale in New York in May 1879; Julia titles it “Maine Coast near Portland” in her inventory. Such views of the rugged granite coastline of New England were popular with artists and patrons alike. The inclusion of a solitary, introspective figure under a parasol on the shore is typical of the subject and style.

James Craig Nicoll was an etcher and marine painter born in Norwalk, Connecticut. He became a member of the National Academy in 1885.


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