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Wealthy shipowners on the Massachusetts North Shore collected beautiful art, now preserved in several outstanding museums just a short distance north of Boston.


North of Boston are the colonial and Early American mercantile ports that gave America its first millionaires, and received exquisite art works out of ships returning from their Asian and African voyages.


Peabody-Essex Museum

From the 1700s, ships out of Salem, Massachusetts roamed the seven seas carrying cargoes to and from America. Shipowners got rich, and ship captains brought back marvelous works of art from around the world.

Salem's renowned Peabody-Essex Museum holds an astonishing 1.8 million objects from the 1700s to today: paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative objects from Africa, America, China, India, Japan, and Korea; maritime, Native American and Oceanic art. The American portraits collection alone is more than 1000 paintings. More...


Addison Gallery of American Art

Prestigious Phillips Academy, a private secondary school in Andover, Massachusetts (founded in 1778), 24 miles (39 km) north of Boston Common (map), boasts a distinguished alumni roster, including both Presidents Bush and many leaders in politics, science, commerce and the arts.

It also boasts one of the finest collections of American art in the country: more than 17,000 works in all media—painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints, and decorative arts—from the 18th century to the present.

Works include those by Mark Bradford, Alexander Calder, John Singleton Copley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Maurice Prendergast, John Singer Sargent, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, Frank Stella, John Twachtman, Kara Walker, and James McNeill Whistler.

Contemporary works include those by Carroll Dunham, Kerry James Marshall, Joel Shapiro, and Lorna Simpson.

The Addison's collection of nearly 7,600 photographs spans the history of American photography and includes extensive holdings of individual artists including Lewis Baltz, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Eadweard Muybridge. More...


Whistler House Museum of Art

Home of the Lowell Art Association in Lowell, 32 miles (51 km) north of Boston Common (map), the house was also the birthplace of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Now a museum and gallery with a Victorian-style garden, it features a collection of 19th and early 20th century New England representational artists including Frank Weston Benson, Arshile Gorky, Aldro Hibbard, William Morris Hunt, William M Paxton, William Preston Phelps, and Arthur P Spear, as well as a collection of etchings by James McNeill Whistler. More...


Elizabeth Cassidy Folk Art Museum

Besides the Peabody Historical Society's rich trove of historical artifacts from Peabody's long history, it holds a collection of paintings, prints and drawings represents the work of artists from Peabody and the north shore of Massachusetts from the 18th through the 20th centuries, including works by Asa Bushby, Richard Ellery, and Charles Osgood, among others. The museum also has fine examples of Colonial, Federal and Victorian furniture and decorative arts that were made and/or used in Peabody between the 18th and 20th centuries, as well as 3700 items of costumes and textiles from the late 18th through 20th centuries. The Society's holdings also include early American pewter and glass, pottery, china, silver, and ceramics. More...


Beautiful Rockport on Cape Ann has been an artists' colony for a century: the light was right, the subjects interesting, and the living delightful. Artists' galleries are found all around the town, especially in the art-colony neighborhood of Rocky Neck. The Rockport Art Association organizes exhibits of work by living artists. More...

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Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem MA

Dramatic architecture of the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem MA.





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