Villa Menaggio, Lago di Como, by Sophia Peabody, 1839-40

According to the July/August 2007 issue of Connections, the Peabody Essex Museum magazine, Sophia gave this painting, along with her painting Isola San Giovanni, in 1840 on the first anniversary of their engagement. The article explains that "Hawthorne valued the paintings so much that he hid them behind curtains to enjoy when he was alone" (4).
(courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA) close window