Gloucester outhouses in American paintings – Artists Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Mabel Dwight and more (Excerpt 1)

Per reader request, over the next few days I’ll be reposting mini chapter excerpts — primarily illustrations– from a longer read about the evolution of outhouses and public utilities specific to Gloucester, Massachusetts, Privy to Privy History, on Good Morning Gloucester June 6, 2021.

Gloucester Outhouses in American Paintings’ copied below is “Excerpt 1” (stay tuned for some more Cape Ann Museum additions); Excerpt 2 will focus on early 20th century photographs; future excerpts might highlight some of the history mentions such as the bathroom fixtures at the Crane estate; and so on.

Catherine Ryan, Aug. 2021


EDWARD HOPPER – gloucester outhouses

Edward Hopper included outhouses in numerous Gloucester vistas. Hopper depicted buildings and worked with watercolor and gouache long before his renowned first sell out show of Gloucester images in the 1920s.


Illustrations: Reminder- You can pinch and zoom to enlarge (and select “full size” image if that option shows) 



Whitney Museum estimates circa 1903

The Whitney Museum of American Art has the largest collection of Edward Hopper art. This small watercolor study the museum dates circa 1900 contains germs of his later work. There is an elusive building, or nestled buildings, front and center. Strong shadows are emphasized. Is the shed attached or not? An entrance, a ticket booth, an outhouse? Is that a circus tent flag squiggle? The pencil line beyond the vertical street light (or railroad signal) might be a train track. Further right, there’s a red dab. Perhaps another structure. The window with yellow has a barn vibe. I did think about the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when Katherine Ross looks down from a hay loft to catch the ‘Paul Newman riding a bike for the Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’ show.


early Stuart Davis – Gloucester outhouses


Gloucester Outhouses in American Art

Selection of Gloucester scenes with outhouses by various artists: Dennis Miller Bunker; Charles Burchfield; James Jeffrey Grant; Emil Gruppe; Max Kuehne; William Lester Stevens; Paul Bough Travis; and Louise Woodroofe. Stay tuned for more.



1938 NYC – Masterful Mabel Dwight 


Leave it to Mabel Dwight for a humorous and original take, Backyard, 1938 WPA/FAP lithograph.

Below – New York City images (collection, NYPL) for comparison of the flip view. More photographs featured in Excerpt 2.


Music at Minglewood Harborside Thursday – Saturday 5th 6th & 7th

Wow…talk about a line up! Kicking it off this Thursday we got the super talented Mr. Chris Fritz-Grace from Pier Ave. Friday, Mystery Meat makes their triumphant return to Minglewood. To cap off this all star line up, Saturday, we got the one and only DJ Vito! Get here early and bring your dancing shoes

Chris Fritz – Grice with Jake Pardee Thursday 7:30 – 10:30pm

Friday – Mystery Meat 9pm

Saturday DJ Vito 9pm

25 Rogers Street.Gloucester, MA

My Buddy Mike Dekoster Picked Up A Blue Lobster That Dave Jewell Caught and Donated To Maritime Gloucester. Also Pics Of Maddie Jewell Then and Now With Blue Lobsters Caught 8 Years Apart

Dave Brought This One In A Couple Of Days Ago-

Dave Jewell Lands Blue Lobster At Captain Joe and Sons Lobster Co Gloucester MA
Zach Jewell’s Blue Lobster Tattoo Next To the Blue Lobster
Michael Dekoster Picks Up Blue Lobster For Maritime Gloucester’s Aquarium

Dave caught another blue lobster eight years ago on October 11, 2013 here’s that post from way back then-


Posted on  by Joey Ciaramitaro


Dave caught another blue lobster eight years ago on October 11, 2013-


Maddie Jewell displays the lobster her daddy caught October 11, 2013.

And here’s a picture of Maddie Jewell with the blue lobster her dad caught 8 years later on August 3, 2021-

Try Appleton Farms in Ipswich

I took a ride to Appleton Farms in Ipswich (I guess the official address is South Hamilton but it’s a short ride) to challenge myself by using only a particular rarely-used lens I have in my camera bag. The weather was OK but not especially pretty. The property, however, is picturesque and busy with activity. There was apparently a camp with young children having an activity in the barnyard; there were several young children there with parents hanging out watching the farm life; there was also regular farm work taking place. It made for some good practice with the lens. AND there’s a store! Our own local Pigeon Cove Ferments has kombucha and sauerkraut available there. It’s a Trustee property well worth a short drive for something a little different.

Gloucester’s Culture Splash!

Experience firsthand, the artistic, creative spirit of Gloucester this summer with Culture Splash! From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings throughout July and August, Rocky Neck Cultural District and Harbortown Cultural District are co-hosting a myriad collection of art demonstrations, live musical performances, and imaginative exhibitions for all to experience and enjoy.

Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) is offering free trolley rides from one cultural district to the other, featuring a hop-on, hop-off loop route. As well, Cape Ann Harbor Tours is providing a complimentary water shuttle to get you from one district to the other — You select your “by land or sea” excursion! features a direct link to the Culture Splash landing page and Google Map to assist you in “making a Splash” with us this summer. We invite you to check out the list of participants, shows and activities, and join us!

Culture Splash is brought to you by Rocky Neck Cultural District and Downtown Cultural District, and the support of the state’s grant supporting this multi-week event.

Click on the digital map to navigate your Culture Splash adventure in Gloucester’s Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts.

Trolley Service

Click here for the CATA Trolley Schedule.

Hop on and hop off the CATA Trolley at dedicated stops.

Harbor Tour Schedule

Boat shuttle runs every half hour from 4:00 pm until 8 pm.
On the hour from Harbor Loop, 30 minutes after the hour from The Studio.

Culture Splash Happenings

Click HERE to view the list of Culture Splash events.