“One of my most favorite exhibitions at the gallery was organized around an estate of paintings by J. Jeffrey Grant, titled James Jeffrey Grant and his North shore Contemporaries: Cape Ann Painters During the 1930s and 1940s. Although Grant was a very successful Chicago artist, he discovered Cape Ann in 1907 and spent every summer thereafter in the region, claiming that it was his favorite spot to draw and paint. He often chose as his subject the fishing industry, of which Gloucester Wharf, Massachusetts is a prime example. Grant contrasts the rich purples and blues of the foreground against a light blue sky for a dramatic effect, and he almost always included the local populace in his paintings going about their daily lives, as seen in the two fishermen approaching their craft.”
-Marcia Vose, Vice President
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Gloucester Wharf, Massachusetts is a high-keyed image filled with activity, typical of the bustling industry that helped drive the region’s economy. Schooled in the European academic tradition, Grant brought to his canvasses an intelligent and disciplined feeling for composition, form and color. With its distinctive arches, this scene is a view of the Atlantic Supply Co. Wharf at 37 Rogers Street, owned at the time by Captain Ben Pine. The architectural hallmarks feature the Gloucester City Hall clock tower at center and the First Baptist church spire at the far right.
Collection of Erwin Kummer, Chicago, Illinois, a fellow artist and friend of Grant’s
To private collection, Chicago, Illinois, 1970
Gifted to collector’s son, Algonquin, Illinois, 2011