"Gloucester" by Morris Hall Pancoast
ca. 1920

(American, 1877 – 1963)

Oil on board, 17 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches (board), 24 x 18 inches (frame), signed verso, 22k gold leaf hand-carved frame.

Morris Hall Pancoast, painter, illustrator, and cartoonist was born on 27 April 1877 in Salem, New Jersey. Pancoast worked early on for the Philadelphia Public ledger newspaper, where he was an assistant cashier and bookkeeper.  Pancoast, wanting badly to be an artist and despising routine jobs, received a break of sorts in 1895 when he was encouraged in his desire to study art by an illustrator for the Philadelphia Public, Frederick R. Gruger.  The aspiring artist took night classes at the Drexel Institute and attended the Pennsylvania Academy where he studied under Thomas Anshutz.  In 1902, in a gutsy move, Pancoast withdrew his savings and went to Paris.  There he studied for three years with Jean Paul Laurens at the Academie Julian and traveled Europe.  After studying in Paris, he joined the art department of the Philadelphia Inquirer, 1905-07; then the North American as a cartoonist, 1907-19.  Beginning in the early 1920s, he and his wife spent their summers in Rockport, Massachusetts where she ran their
Studio Gallery by the Sea.”  The Great Depression caused them to move frequently until they finally settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1945.  Pancoast is best known for his Cape Ann landscapes.


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