SatNav : Hodgkins Cove, Gloucester, MA
This oil painting of children enjoying themselves on the beach, boats tied up and the house reflected in the water is of Hodgkin’s Cove.
Passing through Annisquam one is reminded that it was a favoured painting place on this side of the peninsula for artists such as William Picknell, Stephen Parrish and Frank Duveneck. It was ignored by Emma who seems to have preferred subjects other artists had not treated.
To paint the dock built of the huge local granite blocks quarried nearby, Emma under painted and scraped layers of paint back sometimes to the white gesso on the canvas.
It is difficult today to reach the spot from where she painted the scene but sometimes it is possible to park by the gate close to the location. However, the landscape remains much the same although the houses alongside route 127 themselves have been altered over the years.
New England Landscape
Exhibited: Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA, Page 17 catalogue
Emma Fordyce MacRae 1887 - 1974