It will be easier to park on Commercial Street and walk the short distance to Main Street because Emma set up her easel to paint this landscape where the Shell gas station is located today opposite Main Street. Emma painted the Blackburn Tavern on Main Street built around the 1870’s on the left of the painting with the clock tower with the small domed towers in each corner of the building of City Hall in the distance giving the timeless quality which pervades the landscape in spite of the presence of details of modern life such as a car or the telephone poles.
Emma was not from New England. Her family lived in New York and spent summers on Cape Ann possibly meeting her uncle and his family who came from Chicago to Eastern Point. Later her father built a house above Stage Fort Park.
Emma Fordyce MacRae studied at the Art Students League in New York 1911 and she included paintings of Cape Ann in her first exhibition. Emma had her studio on West 69th Street close to Central Park.
Main Street, Gloucester MA
New England Landscape
Exhibited: Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA, Page 19 catalogue
Emma Fordyce MacRae 1887-1974