1903The artist Augustus Waldeck Buhler moved into his studio at 17 Rocky Neck Avenue year-round.Arts and Culture, Art

A. W. Buhler’s studio, Rocky Neck, n.d.
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Buhler was born in New York City in 1853 but raised in Worcester, where he received art lessons. He and his wife moved to Boston where he studied at the Boston Art Club and the Rhode Island School of Design. Later, he studied in Paris from 1888 to 1890.

Buhler first summered in Annisquam in 1885, and for many years after he returned from Europe. He opened a studio on Rocky Neck in 1898 but moved into his year-round studio in 1903. He befriended and painted the local fishermen, who were depicted in his best-known work, Man at the Wheel in 1901. This was purchased by Gorton’s of Gloucester as its trademark. Later, Leonard Craske used the painting as his inspiration for the Man at the Wheel statue on Stacy Boulevard.

Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail. “A. W. Buhler Studio,” January 14, 2019. http://trail.rockyneckartcolony.org/index.php/a-w-buhler-studio/. Cape Ann Museum. “Works by Augustus Waldeck Buhler.” https://www.capeannmuseum.org/collections/artists/augustus-waldeck-buhler/.
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