You are here

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace

-A A +A
1753, 1757. 1930, restoration, Norman M. Isham. 815 Gilbert Stuart Rd.

Gilbert Stuart, one of America's finest eighteenth-century portrait painters, was born in this gambrel-roofed mill in 1755. Although milling had taken place on this site since the seventeenth century, Stuart's father had emigrated from Scotland to establish New England's first snuff mill. No doubt Norman Isham was attracted to its restoration by the beauty of its decaying antiquity, made more picturesque by its siting in a deep hollow. Surely prettier than its reality, this conjunction of the water-powered mill and the miller's quarters nevertheless makes vivid the earliest stage of rural industry.

Writing Credits

Author: 
William H. Jordy et al.
×

Data

What's Nearby

Citation

William H. Jordy et al., "Gilbert Stuart Birthplace", [North Kingstown, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-NK43.

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 364-364.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,