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Helen B. Dooley, American, (1907–1994)

Old Barn in Pacific Grove (Stables)

Work on paper
watercolor on paper
14.5 x 21.625 in. (36.83 x 54.928 cm)
Gift of Robert Canete
Accession Number: 1996.134

Helen Dooley was born in San Jose in 1907 and died in Carmel in 1994. This painting is something of a mystery. The title implies that it could be a painting of Pacific Grove-€™s early landmark Mammoth Stables, famous for its large size and for its pivotal role in housing the horses and buggies that ferried visitors around the Peninsula, particularly those arriving in town on the Del Monte Express. However, the stables burned down in 1909 when Dooley was only two years old. So it is perhaps an imagined rendering of piece of the past? Or another stable altogether, no longer here? At any rate, the diagonally divided composition, offers us a toboggan ride down the hill through town and toward the Bay.

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