Fisherman's Home, Gloucester Harbor was likely painted during a highly creative time in Peterson's career when the Cape Ann communities informed a great deal of her work. The piece demonstrates the ease with which she mastered the gouache medium, applying impasto brushwork to highlight the sunlit boats and distant buildings while leaving the paper barely touched by pigment in the foreground, where the fishing shack sits in shadow. The use of charcoal to delineate the composition further enhances the scene. According to an inscription on the back of the sheet, Fisherman's Home may have been represented or exhibited by Milch Galleries in New York, which hosted a solo exhibition of her watercolors in October of 1919 and an exhibition of her decorative paintings in January of 1928.
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Private collection, Brookline, Massachusetts (initially acquired it at a Newbury Street, Boston, gallery or shop, ca. 1950s/1960s)
To daughter of the above, private collection, Palo Alto, California, 1966 to 2004
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 34072, March 2004
To private collection, Lincoln, Massachusetts, March 2005 to present
(verso of paper) Fisherman’s home $175 / Milch
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 34072