Specialist in the artwork of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971)
Essays on Rockwell Kent
The following addendum was originally published with the exhibition brochure, Generations: The Artistic Influence of an American Master (Plattsburgh State Art Museum. January, 2002). This corrective likewise applies to an unfortunate reprinting of misinformation published in American Art Review  (October, 2002). In a slightly altered form the below essay was reprinted in IFAR Journal  (International Foundation for Art Research. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2003/04) under the title, Will the Real Rockwell Kent Please Stand Forward. And a more in-depth account of "other Rockwell Kents" appeared in Print Quarterly, in the section Notes (June, 2002. Vol. XIX).

Generations: The Artistic Influence of an American Master

As a corrective to the information in this brochure on Percy Rockwell Kent (1900-1947)—a.k.a. Rockwell Kent—Percy was a professional banker but not an artist or author. He was a first cousin of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) and Alice Kent Stoddard Pearson.

Hosea, x, 12
Hosea, x, 12,
Rockwell Kent (1858-1934).
Artwork in the public domain.

King Street
King Street,
Rockwell Kent (1858-1934).
Artwork in the public domain.
The amateur artist/author who created such works as Hosea, x, 12 (seen in this exhibition),  King StreetArgosy, and Oak Street, New York was also named Rockwell Kent. (King Street was previously attributed to Kent—see Dan Burne Jones, The Prints of Rockwell Kent: A Catalogue Raisonné, #154.) Rockwell Kent (1858-1934), of Brooklyn, NY, was a renown amateur oarsman with the Nonpareil Rowing Club during the 1870s-1880s. By profession he was a proofreader, employed, during his career, by several New York newspapers including The Sun, The New York Herald, and The New York American.

The professional artist, Kent, and blood relative to the artists in this exhibition, confirmed his knowledge of the other Rockwell Kent in a March 17, 1970 letter to his cousin, Richard Travis Kent. In this letter he wrote, "There appears to be a rash of Rockwell Kents in the world, and as far as I can make out many of them quite unrelated to me." He goes on to say that "there was a Rockwell Kent in Brooklyn years ago. I came into correspondence with him and learned that his name, Rockwell, was derived from the doctor who brought him into the world in the Civil War era."

Rockwell Kent, from Brooklyn, lived with his wife, Sara Sloane Kent, at 1198 Pacific Street. Sara Sloane Kent's signature is included on Hosea, x, 12 with her husband's. This is the same address that is stamped on the verso of the marine picture and poem titled, Argosy. Two variations of Argosy are included in two (allegedly of ten) bound manuscripts in the Kent Collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University—one dedicated to Kent's sister, Charlotte, the second to his niece, Dorothy Ruth Kent Bennett.

Respectfully submitted,

Scott R. Ferris

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