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Sand Dunes of Essex, Massachusetts

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Cape Ann, Massachusetts, a peninsula that includes the towns of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester, has long been a magnet for artists who are drawn to its intense light and varied scenery. In the 1880s, William Picknell established a summer art colony there in Annisquam, a small...

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Lower right: W. L. Picknell.

Provenance

1884, purchased by Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Boston for $1200 - one of seven paintings acquired by the association from its fifteenth exhibition; 1885, purchased from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association by the MFA with funds donated by Daniel S. Ford and credited as an anonymous gift. (Accession Date: August 7, 1885)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Coast of Ipswich

1884

Dimensions

133.03 x 209.23 cm (52 3/8 x 82 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

85.486

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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