With its small fishing village and artist colony, Gloucester, Massachusetts first attracted James Jeffrey Grant in 1931. This initial encounter resulted in Grant returning to the town often, passing summers there over the next twenty years. During these stays in Gloucester, the artist illustrated the daily lives of the fishermen and villagers that he observed. In Harbor Court, East Gloucester in Distance, Grant captures the town from an elevated viewpoint and incorporates the surrounding landscape, specifically the Inner Harbor's North Channel and East Gloucester. Amidst this seaside setting, Grant privileges the commonplace activity of a mother and child, who carefully descend the staircase to Harbor Court hand in hand.