Painted over the course of two mornings, this watercolor of Nantucket’s Unitarian Universalist Church captures the iconic profile of its golden domed steeple and clock.
A beautiful timber, wood-clad building built in 1809, the church is the oldest and grandest edifice on Nantucket. With a 109 foot tower and its clock and bells stroking the hours 156 times each day, it is visible (and audible) from nearly everywhere in the downtown area, while also serving as a navigational mark from the harbor.
The Church’s tower and facade povided a dynamic vertical culmination to the narrow road descending to Main Street. The rich multiplicity of textures and profiles of the house fronts, roofs, and cars, together with the steeple’s details, were counter-balanced and framed by the foliage of the huge street tree suggested the pure color applications; resulting in this picturesque view seen by innumerable strollers who enjoy the environs of New England’s historic island.