Hopper's Houses: A Self Guided Walking Tour


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A self-guided tour of Gloucester houses painted by Edward Hopper. Starting at the Cape Ann Museum, explore the downtown area to view homes forever immortalized by Edward Hopper’s paintings. 26 houses within walking distance of the Museum.

Edward Hopper’s earliest visit to Cape Ann was made in 1912 and resulted in a series of oil paintings. During his second visit in 1923, Hopper courted artist Josephine Nivison who encouraged his work with watercolor. It was at this time that his paintings portrayed the local landscape and architecture, loosely rendered and full of light. After his marriage to Jo in 1924 the Hoppers returned to Gloucester for an extended honeymoon. They explored the area by foot and by streetcar. That summer Hopper completed Haskell’s House in watercolor. Working here during the summers of 1926 and 1928, he produced some of his finest paintings including Anderson’s House, a watercolor of a stately yellow Italianate house and House by ’Squam River.


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