Beal was an avid sailor, and the New England coastline, particularly Provincetown, Gloucester and Rockport, where he spent the last 20 years of his life, became his favorite subject matter.
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His dual interest in art and sailing resulted in a log of crisp, active works depicting boating events, shipyards, harbors and lighthouses. Spring Time, Rockport Harbor depicts a view looking east out towards Sandy Bay from the peaceful waters of Rockport’s inner harbor, with the breakwater at the end of Bearskin Neck at left and the stately homes atop Gully Point in the distance.
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: “Spring Time” – Harbor, Date: ca. 1925, Size 11” x 15”, Price: crayon on Buff paper
Reynolds Beal: Impressionist Landscapes and Seascapes (Cranbury, New Jersey: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 1989), No. 672.