By Ruth Greene-McNally*


Clarence Chatterton (1880-1973), “Perkins Cove, Ogunquit,” 1918, oil on board, 16 x 20 inches, #2012.73, gift of Todd Poole in memory of J.T.B., 2012

By the early 20th century, the allure of Narrow Cove attracted greater numbers of artists, gallerists, collectors, and sightseers who had discovered the secluded fishing community named Ogunquit the “beautiful place by the sea” by the Abenaki tribe nearly a century earlier. The opportunity to work and study art informally or at one of two local art schools with the nation’s leading artists and teachers compelled artists eager to escape the city each summer. When Hamilton Easter Field bought, decorated, and rented inexpensively a row of old fishing shacks in Perkins Cove to artists and students of art, Ogunquit became a vital artist colony influencing the development of Modernism and American art history.

*Ruth Greene-McNally is Associate Curator | Collections Manager at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. The View from Narrow Cove, an exhibition celebrating OMAA’s 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season, is on view in the OMAA Barn Gallery Associates Wing through October 31, 2018.

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