1875Seventeen of William Morris Hunt’s female students painted in Annisquam, which kicked off the Annisquam art colony.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Women's History, Art

William Morris Hunt Sketchbook, including a sketch by Ellen Day Hale, 1878-1883. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, William Morris Hunt Sketchbook
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Hunt devoted the last decade of his life to teaching female students. Many of them followed him from Boston to Magnolia, including Ellen Day Hale (1855-1940) and Hunt’s protégée Helen M. Knowlton (1832-1918). Hunt and his students transformed Magnolia into a serious, though brief, art colony. Hale and Knowlton, who recorded Hunt’s classes, took over after he died, and wrote his biography.

Sharf, Frederic Alan. William Morris Hunt and the Summer Art Colony at Magnolia, Massachusetts, 1876-1879. Essex Institute, 1981.
William Morris Hunt Sketchbook, including a sketch by Ellen Day Hale, 1878-1883. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, William Morris Hunt Sketchbook
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