"From scenes of quaint fishing villages along Massachusetts’ coastline to those of New York City’s bustling harbor, Gordon Grant’s marine paintings are eye catching as they memorialize the industry and activity surrounding the sea. Grant developed a deep admiration for maritime travel at an early age when he traveled from San Francisco to London around Cape Horn. This journey provided him with the knowledge necessary to depict the architecture of many marine vessels with precise accuracy, and this prowess is on full display in The Busy Harbor, New York. With sweeping brushstrokes, Grant is able to capture the water’s surface with great detail and features the everyday harbor life of fisherman as they haul the daily catch, gulls circling intently from above."
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Grant was a man of many talents, working in a variety of media ranging from oils and watercolors to etching and lithography, and his harbor scenes and clipper ships were executed with a crisp realism, capturing the subtleties of light and color.
Born in San Francisco in 1875, Gordon Grant’s Scottish parents sent him to London when he was fifteen years old to enroll in the Lambeth and Heatherley art schools. The long voyage around Cape Horn instilled in him a respect for the ocean and allowed Grant to learn a great deal about sails, rigging, navigation, and the history of maritime travel. He moved to New York in 1896 and joined several arts organizations, including the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Watercolor Clubs, and the National Academy of Design.
He joined the National Guard around 1907 and during World War I, when a bad foot prevented him from serving abroad, Grant was stationed in Washington, DC, attained the rank of Captain and produced posters for the government and the American Red Cross to support the war effort. Grant continued his illustration work in the 1920s but began to concentrate even more on the nautical themes he loved to paint and soon earned the recognition he deserved as an accomplished artist. He exhibited at a range of venues, including the National Academy, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Salmagundi Club, and the Paris Salon of 1937, where he won a medal.
Today his oils, watercolors, and etchings can be found in museums across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Richmond Art Museum in Richmond, Indiana, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
Braarud Gallery, La Conner, Washington
To private collection, Burr Ridge, Illinois (unknown date, but many years ago)
- (top stretcher in black) THE BUSY HARBOR
- (top stretcher in pencil) $600.
- (stamp on top stretcher) Reproduction Rights (illegible) / Are Reserved by the Artist
- WCCFA / Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts, Denver, Colorado / Artist: Gordon Grant / WCCFA File#: 04-088 / Subject: The Busy Harbor / Treatment Date: May 2004 / Lining Materials (blank) / In-painting Materials: Gamblin Conservation Colors / Surface Coatings: Regalrez 1094 / Comments: (blank)
- Braarud Fine Art, La Conner, Washington / Gordon Hope Grant, NA (1875-1962) / 28 x 36 o/c / Upper New York Bay / © Braarud Fine Art Y012