Gilbert Tucker Margeson ‘High Seas’ Ship Painting
Gilbert Tucker Margeson
oil on board
sight 13⅝ by 10½ inches
frame 17½ by 14⅜ inches
signed lower left ‘G.T. Margeson'
Gilbert Margeson, a marine painter, was born in Nova Scotia and became known as the Dean of the Rockport Colony, where he was a long-time member of the Rockport Artist Association and in 1873, was the first artist to set up a studio in Rockport on the eastern shore of Cape Ann. Painting was a part-time job for Margeson in Rockport as he also ran a stationery store and was the tax collector in the early 1900s. Because of his encouragement, Arthur B. Frost came to Rockport, and other artists followed with the word spreading of the beauties of that area. He studied in Boston with Alfred Ordway and exhibited at the Boston Art Club during the period of 1890-1900 and also exhibited at the National Academy. One of his paintings, a sea battle between the "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," is located in the Office of the Navy in Washington D.C.