1920Artist Hugh Henry Breckenridge (1870-1972) opened the Breckenridge School of Art on Rocky Neck in East Gloucester.Arts and Culture, Art

Hotels and summer cottages were increasing in the 1920s, and the combination of artists and vacationers gave birth to a plethora of summer art schools. Hugh Henry Breckenridge was an avant-garde painter, instructor, and dean at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and later the Director of the Department of Fine Art at the Maryland Institute. In Gloucester, his school included live and work spaces for artists and lasted until World War II, which surpassed Breckenridge’s death in 1937. It attracted younger artists as the tuition was only $10 per week or $75 for eight weeks. Many of these artists would grow to be prolific throughout their careers.

Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail. “Breckenridge School of Art,” January 16, 2019. https://trail.rockyneckartcolony.org/index.php/breckenridge-school-of-art/. Dumont, Shana & Trayes, William, Enlightened View: Artists Teaching on Cape Ann, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, 2006.
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