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Rockwell, Kathleen, and their five children, Egypt Farm, Arlington, Vermont, 1921
Rockwell, Kathleen, and their five children
Egypt Farm, Arlington, Vermont, 1921

    In 1919, after returning from his Alaskan adventure, Kent decided to move his family out of New York City. Searching for a farm they could afford, Kent and his wife, Kathleen, found an isolated property high on the southern spur of Mt. Equinox, near Arlington, Vermont. It was called Egypt Farm.

    Now the father of five, seeking ways to sustain both his growing family and his creative spirit, Kent became the world’s first incorporated artist. He designed a certificate and issued $4,000 worth of stock in himself at $100 per share.

    The newfound success he enjoyed as a painter and writer allowed him to soon reward his investors with a 20 percent dividend and dissolve Kent Incorporated.

    But the peripatetic artist became disenchanted with rural domesticity. Vermont was not the Eden-like existence he had envisioned. Though he often cursed city life, he began making longer, more frequent trips back to New York City.
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Thumbnail ImageBarbara, c.1918
pencil on paper
Museum Purchase, Sally Kent Gorton Endowment
[P52006.5]
Thumbnail ImageRockwell Kent Incorporated: Stock Certificate, 1919
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.187]
Thumbnail ImageJunior Art Patrons: Emblem, 1921
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.195]
Thumbnail ImageFemale Figure Flying Over Village, 1921
linecut on paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.196]
Thumbnail ImageWillow Tree, c.1925
pencil and paper
Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton
[P52000.193]
Thumbnail ImageVermont Mountains, Summer, 1928 (reworked c. 1950)
oil on canvas
Gift of Sally Kent Gorton
[X1978.1.16]
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