Rocky Neck Art Colony
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A Basket of Clams by Winslow Homer
A Basket of Clams (detail), 1873, byWinslow Homer

The Mansard Roof, by Edward Hopper
The Mansard Roof (detail), 1923, by Edward Hopper


Experience the environment that has inspired exceptional artistic achievement for more than 150 years!

Historic Art Trail MapThe Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail takes you to twelve sites of art historic significance in one of America’s most visually arresting locales. Rocky Neck is a granite promontory with tide flats and wharf buildings separating the harbor proper from Smith's Cove in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  With its scenic views and humble waterfront buildings, this spit of land measuring less than one square mile  has since the early 19th century beckoned a steady stream of painters, sculptors and writers to its picturesque shores. Regarded by many to be “America’s Oldest Working Art Colony,” the artists’ enclave at Rocky Neck during the period from 1850 to 1950 attracted a number of the most important realist painters in the annals of American art.

By mapping the sites where they worked, lived and became inspired, the Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail enables you to walk in the footsteps of Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, Augustus Buhler, Frank Duveneck, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper and a host of other pioneering American artists, and to see first-hand the iconic land and seascapes that gave rise to their illustrious artistic output. It is hoped that, by enabling you to identify where historical artistic events took place and to see them in the context of what remains today, the Trail documents will ensure you make the most of your visit to one of the special places in the history of American art.

Smith Cove from Banner Hill c. 1905 by Frank DuveneckSmith Cove from Banner Hill c. 1905 by Frank Duveneck