1930Sculptor Walker Kirkland Hancock purchased the former granite quarry Deep Hole and built his studio.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Notable People, Art

Abraham Lincoln sculpture for Washington D.C. Cathedral, 1981. Barbara Erkkila, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 12743
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Hancock was one of Gloucester’s most beloved artists and public sculptors whose work was acclaimed. He married Saima Natti, a Lanesville native, and after World War II they lived full-time in Gloucester though he still maintained his New York activities. The few Gloucester artists with whom he socialized included painters Ellen Hale, Gabrielle Clements, Hugh Breckenridge, Leon Kroll, and sculptor Paul Manship, who moved nearby after falling in love with Hancock’s quarry. Once Manship had a studio in Lanesville, Hancock had someone to regularly talk with about his work.

Oral history interview with Walker Hancock, 1977 July 22-Aug. 15, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. “Works by Walker Hancock.” Cape Ann Museum, https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/walker-hancock/.
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