Martha's Vineyard Calendar Exhibit: Percy E. Cowen: My Own Dearest Jane
Martha's Vineyard Calendar

Exhibit: Percy E. Cowen: My Own Dearest Jane

This enlightening exhibition offers insights into the life of Percy Cowen, a gifted illustrator and painter with deep ties to Martha’s Vineyard. 

With artwork appearing in Putnam’s and Harper’s magazines and on the cover of Adventure Percy Cowen (1883-1923) was already an accomplished illustrator when he was sent overseas to serve in World War I. While at war, he wrote to his wife, Jane Look Cowen, at home on Martha’s Vineyard. Passed by the censors, but still illuminating, these letters were filled with drawings of Percy’s experiences. After his discharge from the army, Cowen returned to the Vineyard and resumed his career, with work appearing in Collier’s and Metropolitan Magazine, but he only lived for a few more years, dying of an infection in 1923.

This exhibition will feature loans of artwork from Cowen’s family, including his richly illustrated WWI correspondence lovingly preserved for more than 100 years. His work will be presented in the context of his time and compared to that of more well-known illustrators. Visitors will be encouraged to ponder the question: If Cowen had lived longer, what could he have achieved?

Thursday, April 18 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

More dates through May 26, 2024

Martha's Vineyard Museum
151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

Event Type

Arts & Artisans, Openings & Exhibits



$10 suggested donation

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