By the Fireside (Hubbell)

By the Fireside is a painting by Henry Salem Hubbell, completed in 1908.[1] Hubbell painted the work while living in Giverny, France as a part of the American Impressionism movement that had taken up residence there, alongside Claude Monet. The models for the painting were Marjory Gane and Grace Southwick, two acquaintances of Hubbell's who visited Giverny during the winter of 1908 to 1909.[1] It displays Hubbell's Impressionistic use of loose brushstrokes and masterful colorwork[1] in an appreciable evolution from his first known painting, Mother and Child after W. Bouguereau.[2]

By the Fireside
"By the Fireside" by Henry Salem Hubbell.jpg
ArtistHenry Salem Hubbell
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions210.185 cm × 149.225 cm (82.750 in × 58.750 in)
OwnerLiberty Memorial Middle School (Lawrence, KS)

The painting premiered at the 1909 Paris Salon, receiving critical acclaim.[1][3] While learning under James Whistler, his teacher had stated that "one day you will be called a great colorist,"[4] and the Paris press agreed that Hubbell had reached that pinacle with this work.[5]

By the Fireside was one of Hubbell's favorite works, and he kept it for himself during his lifetime. A year before his death, he donated the painting in 1948 to his high school in Lawrence, Kansas, now Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, "to inspire future growth of the arts" there.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kate, Meyer. "By the Fireside - "This Land" Exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art".
  2. ^ Hindman, Leslie. American and European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, (Chicago, LH 2011) p. 126
  3. ^ a b "Henry Salem Hubbell; article by Jay Williams". Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  4. ^ Hubbell, Rose Strong. It Happened to Us: Memoirs of an Artist's Wife, unpublished manuscript, 59, Henry Salem Hubbell Papers, Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York.
  5. ^ Dearinger, David Bernard; Design (U.S.), National Academy of (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826-1925. Hudson Hills. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.