1873Nova Scotian-born artist Gilbert Tucker Margeson opened the first Rockport artist studio.Arts and Culture, Art

Gilbert Margeson, Clock Face, c. 1815-1830, Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, Historic New England, http://gusn.us/2691
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Margeson painted strong maritime work, and at the same time operated a telegraph key, ran a stationery store where he sold the first art supplies in town, and worked for the town as a tax collector. He was followed by artists Parker S. Perkins and Eric Hudson.

Cooley, John L. Rockport Sketch Book Stories of Early Art and Artists. Rockport Art Association, 1965.
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