Gloucester-Rockport Art Colony
By the turn of the century, Gloucester and its environs was a magnet for painters to sojourn in the summer, not only from Boston but also well beyond.
William H. Gerdts
Located on the leeward side of Cape Ann, the granite hook that forms the northernmost boundary of Massachusetts Bay, Gloucester maintained a rural charm distinct from the rapid industrial growth occurring [in the 1870s] in the rest of New England.
D. Scott Atkinson
Harbours and shipping seem always to have held a vague fascination for the painter who enjoyed the pictorial suggestiveness of houses, wharves, water and their infinite possibilities for artistic arrangement. The hills of East Gloucester, looking down on the harbour, likewise give the painter splendid themes for spotting, spacing and that variety of form which is so necessary to design.
Cape Ann is an explorer's paradise. Gloucester is a rugged fishing port, its waterfront crowded with work boats and seafood restaurants. In nearby Rockport, a fishing village turned art colony, you'll find galleries, crafts shops and a chamber music series. The town's enduring symbol is Motif #1, a fisheman's shack that has been the subject of countless artists' work.
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
Gloucester, a historic fishing port on Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusetts, became a popular summer destination for artists beginning in the 1870s. However, before that, Gloucester-born marine artist * Fitz Hugh Lane had begun depicting the area in oil paintings in the late 1840s. As noted by