James Jeffrey Grant found his “favorite sketching ground” in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Recording the daily activities of the fishermen and villagers with his oils and watercolors, Grant captured life as he experienced it. These works were exhibited each summer at the North Shore Art Association between the years of 1934 and 1956. This particular piece portrays a peaceful, active community, on Short Street in Gloucester.
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The son of a Scottish artist and craftsman, Grant looked to follow in his father’s footsteps and left his home in Aberdeen, Scotland, to study at the Gray School of Art. Supporting himself as a commercial sign artist and engraver, Grant continued to paint independently and in 1907 left for Chicago. Grant’s efforts were rewarded when he began to exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and joined their painting jury a few years later. Over the course of his career, Grant received six prizes at the Institute, as well as three medals from the Palette and Chisel Club, and a gold prize from the Association of Chicago Painters and Sculptors.
Private collection, Richmond, Virginia (the artist's niece)
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