My Cabin, Montana

1996 89 01.jpg

Title

My Cabin, Montana

Subject

Watercolor painting
Self-portraits, American

Description

Watercolor painting with gouache highlights, over a graphite underdrawing, on paper. Self-portrait of the artist seated in front of a fireplace, reading. One of the artist's paintings hangs over the fireplace and two other paintings hang on the left wall. Furnishings include a table beneath a small window on the right edge; a pair of tall boots in the left foreground; a coffee grinder mounted on the wall; shelves with assorted items on the back wall; and various bags and pouches hanging from the walls and ceiling. 

On the reverse of the painting in the upper right corner a hand-written inscription reads: "Address / 198 Westbourne Grove / London W [i.e. West End] / 1887 / Peter Toft [sic] / (then the words '156 Cornwall Road / Notting Hill / London' have been scratched out) / or Kolding, Denmark." Beneath that a pencil inscription has been mostly retraced in ink. It reads "P. Toft (in pencil only) / at home in my Cabin on Elk Creek Montana Territory August 1866." In the lower left edge the word "Home" is written in pencil.

Creator

Tofft, Peter, 1825-1901

Date

1866

Format

paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)

Language

eng

Type

watercolors (paintings)

Identifier

1996.89.01
/1996 89 01.tif

Original Format

Painting

Materials

Watercolor/Gouache/Paper

Height (inches)

8.5

Width (inches)

10.5

Source

Montana Historical Society Museum Collection

Credit

Museum purchase