Directions to the Mattatuck Museum
Take exit 21 from I-84 and head right onto Meadow Street
from the end of the ramp. Turn right onto West Main Street, then go left
around the back of the statue. Click
here for detailed, printer-friendly directions and map.
Hours & Admission
The Mattatuck Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am
to 5pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Admission is $4 for adults 16 and
older. Admission is free for children and members.
The Search for Kensett's Contentment Island Paintings
In addition to the Connecticut paintings sold by Kensett before 1872, there were a significant number of Connecticut paintings in the estate auction held following the artist's death. In March, 1873, the executors sold more than 600 paintings in a marathon sale in the exhibition gallery at the Association Building. The sale catalogue lists 29 paintings with titles that specifically name the Connecticut shoreline as the subject. In addition to the paintings that specifically name the Connecticut coast as the subject, there are other paintings certainly done at Contentment Island that are titled with reference to weather patterns or the time of day.
While we have located a large number of paintings and drawings done by Kensett at Contentment Island, the whereabouts of some Contentment Island artworks remains elusive. Certain paintings have appeared at auction in recent years (see http://askart.com for a painting by Kensett entitled "Contentment Island"). Others have disappeared completely.
Do you have a Kensett painting or drawing of Contentment Island? We would love to hear about it. You can contact our curatorial department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (203) 753-0381, ext. 15.
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