Alice Roney Hardwick (1876-1932), American
Lobster Cove, Annisquam, Massachusetts, about 1915
oil on board, 16 in. x 20 in.
(framed dimensions: 22 ½ in. x 26 5/8 in.)
signed lower left: “Alice R. Hardwick”
(Paul Goodnow frame)

In this painting, which I would date to about 1915, the artist captures a quintessential New England scene. It is at the northern end of Lobster Cove, an inlet separating the neighborhood of Annisquam (part of Gloucester, Massachusetts) from the rest of the Cape Ann peninsula. Lobster Cove was a prosperous fishing port in its early history and was later known for its granite quarrying and artist colony. In this painting the artist set up her easel on the western bank, looking north toward the Universalist Church (today’s Annisquam Village Church). While the church was incorporated in 1728, the structure that we see in the painting which still stands today was built in 1830. We see the charming village of Annisquam on a beautiful summer day with the water of Lobster Cove in the foreground, about mid-tide. The artist skillfully captures the light and colors she sees in the best tradition of the Boston School of painting. The painting is a delight to view as your eye moves through the painting from one detail to the next, ultimately drawn to the center of the composition where the sunlight reflects warmly on the sides of the church, the surrounding homes, and red brick chimneys. The artist also successfully captures the foliage of the surrounding trees which one can imagine rustling in a gentle summer breeze. This location in Annisquam was popular with artists. I have seen paintings of this location by Joseph Eliot Enneking, George Loftus Noyes, Walter Clark, Yarnell Abbott and even the Alice’s husband, Melbourne. The spot can be visited today and has not changed much in the last 100 years (see attached photo).

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. In 1908 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.

Sometime before 1915, Alice and her husband purchased a home in Annisquam (the Algonquian name means “on top of the rock”), a small and picturesque neighborhood of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Their waterfront house was located at the southern end of River Road where the Annisquam River meets Lobster Cove in just about the same location that old Asa Woodbury shipyard and fish house had once occupied in the early 1800s. 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. After Melbourne’s death in 1916, Alice continued to live and paint from her home in Annisquam and from her studio in Boston. When in Gloucester, she welcomed the public into her studio 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 traveled and painted together in Holland and Belgium and Alice painted numerous beach scenes of that region.

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 in a Boston hospital on December 28, 1932, at the age of 56. Her cremated remains were interred alongside her husband at Mt. Adnah cemetery, within walking distance of their old home and overlooking Lobster Cove.

Member: the New York Water Color Club, the Society of Independent Artists, the Copley Society, the Springfield Art League, the American Federation of Art, the Gloucester Society of Artists and the North Shore Arts Association and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Exhibited: the Poland Spring Art Gallery, South Poland, Maine (1914, 1915, 1916); Vose Galleries, Boston, MA (Exhibition of Boston women artists, 1917); Society of Independent Artists, New York City (1917: "Lengthening Shadows"); the New York Water Color Club (1919); combined New York Watercolor Club & American Water Color Society Exhibition (1922); the Copley Gallery (1927); the Boston City Club (1928); the North Shore Arts Association; also at New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles galleries. In the summer of 1933, a memorial exhibition of both Alice’s and her husband’s paintings was held in their River Road studio.

Condition: The painting is in excellent, clean condition with no apparent craquelure or paint loss. There may be one very small touch of inpainting about one inch above the “wick” portion of Alice’s signature. The painting is housed in a signed Paul Carter Goodnow giltwood frame which is in very good condition.

ITEM ID
JQ-P6
COLOR
Beige, Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
GENRE
American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture
MEDIA
Oil Paint
STYLE
American Impressionism, American Impressionist, Landscape
THEME
Americana, Coastal, Color
ORIGIN
United States • American
AGE
Early 20th Century
ITEM TYPE
Antique

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