St. Servan Harbor
Edward Darley Boit (1840–1915)
Dinard, Brittany, France, 1882
Oil on canvas
23 x 28 1/8 in.
Gift of Dorothy S. F. M. Codman
After the Great Boston Fire of 1872 destroyed much of his real estate holdings Ogden Codman Sr. (1839–1904) moved his young family to the French seaside resort of Dinard. There the Codmans met artist Edward Darley Boit and his family who also had moved there from Boston. A few years later when the Codmans returned to live in Massachusetts, this painting by Boit came with them.
Although a competent artist himself, Boit is best known for the famous portrait of his daughters painted in Paris by John Singer Sargent—now a beloved treasure at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.