Work of the Week — “Bass Rocks, East Gloucester” by Henry Hammond Ahl
by Sadie Allen
While the wintertime can be quite lovely with its bare branches and chilly rains, nothing quite beats the charm of summer- something I’ve been missing lately. While perusing the Museum’s vast collection of works, this summertime scene caught my eye. Its stunning blue sea and sky portray the wonderful and warm nature of the season that makes it so lovable – the calm and sunny disposition that infects even the most introverted among us to venture out into the world. I especially enjoy the sailboats in the distance. These bobbing vessels remind me of the wonderful aesthetic of New England, a place artist Henry Hammond Ahl called home for a time. I have always admired this region, with its rich history and beautiful old home fronts. Given my inability to swim, though, I could only watch the sailboats float off, dreaming on joining them on whatever adventure lay ahead.
Artwork above: Henry Hammond Ahl, Bass Rocks, East Gloucester, 1930, Oil Painting, 10 x 14 inches. Gift of Dr A. Everette James, Jr.. Permanent Collection. 1918.104.22.168.