Vintage landscape: tranquility

Tranquilly, by Eleanor Butler Roosevelt

The photo shows Tranquility, the rented summer home of the Theodore Roosevelt family at Oyster Bay Cove, New York, in 1872. The photographer is unknown.

Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt — the parents of future President Theodore Roosevelt — lounge on the verandah; Edith Kermit Carow (later Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt) and Corinne Roosevelt are on the lawn. The house was demolished in the mid-1940s.

The picture is from scrapbooks Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, daughter-in-law of the President, via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

. . .   so sweet as drowsy noons,
And evenings steep’d in honey’d indolence;
O, for an age so shelter’d from annoy,
That I may never know how change the moons,
Or hear the voice of busy common-sense!

— John Keats, from “Ode on Indolence

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