Alice Roney Hardwick (1876-1932), American
Annisquam Inlet, undated
oil on board, 8 in. x 10 in.
(framed dimensions: 11 ¾ in. x 13 ¾ in.)
signed lower left: “Alice R Hardwick”
(Newcomb Macklin frame)

A fine quality diminutive American Impressionist landscape depicting a summer afternoon at a quiet little inlet, likely in Annisquam, Massachusetts. Mrs. Hardwick has deftly painted this oil on board with pleasing textural brushwork in the trees and foreground. She very effectively captures the colors of the scene, particularly the variety of greens in the foliage and warmer ocher shades in the spit of land at lower left. This is a very charming souvenir of a place the artist called home and which she loved to paint. The painting is housed in what appears to be a Newcomb Macklin, Arts and Crafts frame, probably original.

Born in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Alice studied at the Art Students League in New York with the painters Birge Harrison, Frank DuMond and Melbourne Hardwick. Alice would later marry Mr. Hardwick, 19 years her senior. She also studied at the League’s summer school in the Catskills and with the painter Agnes Leavitt in Boston.

In the early 1900s, Alice and her husband purchased a home in Annisquam (the Algonquian name means “on top of the rock”), a small and picturesque waterfront neighborhood of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Their waterfront house was located at the southern end of River Road where the Annisquam River meets Lobster Cove. The home had an on-site studio and Annisquam offered her a wealth of subject material that Alice enjoyed capturing on canvas. In 1927, she had a solo exhibition of 27 paintings at the Copley Gallery in Boston. Several of these were Annisquam views that garnered a good deal of attention from viewers. In the years after her husband’s death, her welcoming studio was open to the public every Wednesday afternoon from 3pm – 6pm.

Both Melbourne and Alice also maintained studios at the famous Studio Building (now gone) at 110 Tremont Street in Boston. The couple also traveled and painted together in Holland and Belgium and Alice painted numerous beach scenes of that region. After Melbourne died in 1916, Alice continued to live and paint from her home in Annisquam and from her studio in Boston.

In the winter of 1930, she traveled to the west coast by way of the Canadian Rockies and down as far as Mexico, painting as she went, including scenes from Oregon and California missions. In spring 1930 she exhibited a group of watercolors from this trip, along with some east coast views, at the Dana Bartlett Galleries in Los Angeles.

Alice died December 28, 1932 at the young age of 56 and is buried with her husband in Annisquam at the Mt. Adnah cemetery, within walking distance of their old home and studio.

Alice was a member of the Copley Society, the Springfield Art League, the American Federation of Art, the Gloucester Society of Artists and the North Shore Arts Association.

She exhibited at the Copley Society, the North Shore Arts Association, Vose Galleries in Boston, and at New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles galleries.

Condition: The painting is in excellent original condition with clean and bright colors. There is no craquelure present and no paint loss except for one pinhead-sized speck at the extreme top center of the board where it meets the frame. There likewise are no repairs or inpainting. The carved and gilt Newcomb Macklin frame is in excellent condition with only very mild wear.

Beige, Blue, Brown, Cream, Gold, Gray, Green, White
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
Oil Paint
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Landscape
Arts and Crafts, Coastal, Color
United States • American
Early 20th Century

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Alice Roney Hardwick, Annisquam Inlet, oil on board


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