Charles Lewis Fussell : Glen Cove, Long Island
Charles Lewis Fussell (Glen Cove, Long Island)

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Artist: Charles Lewis Fussell
Title: Glen Cove, Long Island
Year: c. 1882
Media: Oil on canvas, 6 1/2 x 11 inches
Description: Signed and inscribed at lower left: “C. L. FUSSELL/GLEN COVE”

Located on Long Island Sound at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor, Musketa Cove (an Indian name for “grassy flats”) was first inhabited by Joseph Carpenter, a Rhode Islander who built a sawmill and house there in 1688. The area quickly attracted settlers from New England, and by the end of the seventeenth century had developed into a thriving harbor in which lumber was the chief commodity.

The picturesque town became a popular resort after the arrival of the first scheduled steamboat in 1829. In an effort to attract more tourists, the town’s residents in 1834 changed its name to Glen Cove, reasoning that the original name gave potential visitors a negative impression because it sounded like mosquito. After Glen Cove was made accessible by the Long Island Railroad in 1868, wealthy New Yorkers frequented the area and built estates along the shorefront. This view probably represents the steamboat landing on the Sound that formerly led to the Pavilion Hotel, a popular summer resort of the day. The Pavilion burned down in 1880.

Fussell probably painted this view during his travels on Long Island in 1882; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., owns a watercolor by him of Glen Cove. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts owns two views of nearby Sea Cliff, which are also thought to have been painted at that time.

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