Beal continued his long-distance sketching travels into his seventies, but around 1940 opted to stay closer to his Rockport home, content with sailing familiar waters and painting local Cape Ann subjects, such as this 1949 composition of boats at dock.
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Estate of the artist
To Royal Galleries, Englewood, New Jersey, 1968
Eventually to private collection, Duluth, Georgia, until 2012
Royal Galleries, Englewood, New Jersey, Reynolds Beal estate label, signed by Sidney Bressler, stating that the artwork was purchased directly from the estate of the artist by Royal Galleries in August, 1968, with Artist: Reynolds Beal, Title: “Rockport Harbor,” Date: 1949, Price Guache [sic], w/c, crayon on paper