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Cottage Kent renovated, Ireland, 1926
Cottage Kent renovated, Ireland, 1926

    By 1926, Kent was divorced from Kathleen and married to Frances Lee, whom he had met at a Long Island soiree. He was now the sole source of support for his new bride and young stepson, as well as for Kathleen and their five children.

    The means for a summer respite in Ireland came in part from the sale of several paintings to Duncan Phillips, the wealthy Washingtonian who was turning his Dupont Circle mansion into a museum. Further support came from Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe detective novels. Stout provided a stipend in exchange for first pick of whatever Kent painted in Ireland.

    On the coast of County Donegal, Kent and Frances found their way to the isolated valley of Glenlough. There they met Dan and Rose Ward, who lived in splendid isolation, presiding over one thousand acres of peat and bog.

    The Wards owned a small cottage that was in deep disrepair and was being used as a cow shed. Rockwell rented the oneroom ruin, evicted the cow, and once again transformed a hovel into a home. Though he longed to extend his stay, the pressures of providing for his large family would not allow it.
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Thumbnail ImageWildenstein Galleries Exhibition Poster Drawing, 1919
ink on paper mounted on board
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
Thumbnail ImageIrish Sun, 1926
watercolor on paper
Gift of Sally Kent Gorton
Thumbnail ImageCounty Donegal, Ireland, 1927
watercolor on paper
Museum Purchase, Sally Kent Gorton Endowment
Thumbnail ImagePoster: Exhibition of Paintings By Rockwell Kent Wildenstein Galleries, 1927
ink on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
Thumbnail ImageAnd Women Must Weep Or Shipwreck, Coast of Ireland, 1927-28
oil on canvas
Gift of Sally Kent Gorton
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