28 County St., the Asa Stone -Theodore Wendel house (1872)

28 County St. Ipswich
Wendel’s first home in Ipswich was at 28 County Street

The house was constructed by Asa Stone, Theodores Wendel’s Father in law in 1872. The cottage in the rear is a colonial-era structure moved to the property in the early 1880s, and may have been Wendell’s art studio. Theodore Wendel (1859–1932) was an Impressionist artist who lived for thirty-four years in Ipswich, where he painted the village, bridges, farmlands and landscapes, and left behind a magnificent collection of paintings of his adopted home town. Wendel was born in Ohio, but pursued his art studies in Germany, Baravia and Italy. He became part of a group of painters in France who worked closely with Claude Monet.

Some of Wendel’s most successful canvases were painted in Ipswich between 1900 and 1915 before a debilitating illness brought his painting career virtually to a close. The nearby County Street and Green Street bridges appear in his paintings, as does Town Hill and the rolling landscapes beyond. From the home of his friend Arthur Wesley Dow on Turkey Shore Road, he could look across the river and the clam shacks to the Summer Street rising up toward Town Hill.

In 1897 Wendel married Philena Stone, and they spent their summers at the farm at 89 Argilla Road that she inherited from her family. He retained a studio in Boston where unfortunately many of his paintings burned in the 1904 fire.

1884 map of Ipswich
1884 map of Ipswich showing the Asa Stone house

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Green Street Bridge and Water Street by Theodore Wendel

Theodore Wendel (1859–1932) was an Impressionist artist who lived for thirty-four years in Ipswich, where he painted the village, bridges, farmlands and landscapes, and left behind a magnificent collection of paintings of his adopted home town.