Painted en plein air, this landscape positions the Swedish Cottage in Shakespeare Garden as a focal point. Brushstrokes and color palette indicate an impressionistic influence. Originally built as an model of a 19th century Swedish schoolhouse for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia it was purchased by NYC Parks Department for $1,500 after the exhibition and moved to its present location. Having several prior uses, at the time James S. Aiken would have painted this landmark it was the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. To date it still functions as the headquarters for the design and production of children's marionette plays in New York City.
James Aiken Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, transferred from the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.