Roseland Cottage

Wells’ Watercolor

This presentation portrait, which hangs in the hall of Roseland Cottage was painted by the architect, Joseph Wells. Perhaps the lighter color of the cottage is because the watercolor has faded over the years, perhaps Roseland was a lighter shade of pink originally, or perhaps Wells was expressing his preferred color. Andrew Jackson Downing, who believed that houses should fit into the surrounding landscape and blend with the natural habitat, would not have approved of Roseland’s pink.