1918Childe Hassam visited Cape Ann and focused on Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street as a symbol of patriotism.Arts and Culture, Government and Public Service, Military, Art

Universalist Church, n.d. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 12104
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Painted during World War I, the Middle Street Church paintings are philosophically comparable to Hassam’s famous New York City flag paintings. Hassam and other artists around the turn of the twentieth century cemented Cape Ann’s reputation as a significant place for aesthetic inquiry.

Hassam, Childe, complied by Nathaniel Pousette-D’Art, Childe Hassam (Frederick A. Stokes Co., NY, 1922), (Introduction by Ernest Haskell).
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