Works from Addison Gilbert Hospital’s collection come to CAM Green for Gloucester 400th celebration
Since its founding in 1889, Addison Gilbert Hospital has amassed an extensive and impressive art collection numbering more than 300 works, including oil paintings, watercolors and prints. A selection of these works will be on view at the Cape Ann Museum Green (CAM Green), beginning Aug. 11 through Oct. 8.
CAM Green, located at 13 Poplar St. in Gloucester off Grant Circle, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and is free to the public.
The hospital was founded by Addison Gilbert (1808-1888), a local merchant whose family lived in Gloucester for generations. Upon his death, Gilbert gifted $100,000 to the city to build a free hospital for the community on Washington Street. It took eight years to build, and the first patient was admitted in June 1897. Today, Addison Gilbert Hospital operates in concert with Beverly Hospital, and together they are part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health network.
The majority of artists featured in the Hospital’s collection worked on Cape Ann during the 20th century. “The crown jewel of the hospital’s collection is an oil painting of Gloucester Harbor done in the 1850s by Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1965). That work has been at the Cape Ann Museum since the mid-1970s, where it is safely and prominently displayed along with other paintings by Lane,” writes Chief Cape Ann Museum Curator Martha Oaks in a gallery guide that accompanies the Cape Ann Museum Green exhibition.
Several of the Addison Gilbert works on view in the Janet & William Ellery James Center at CAM Green are by women artists, including East Gloucester painter Alice Beach Winter (1877-1968); Louise Upton Brumback (1867-1929), a painter and founding president of the Gloucester Society of Artists in 1922; Bertha Peyton (1871-1947), an East Gloucester painter; as well as Vera Andrus (1895-1979), a printmaker, painter and book illustrator. There are also works by Annisquam watercolorist Harry Gage (1887-1982), who served as chair of the Cape Ann Arts Council, founded in 1955.
Other noteworthy paintings in the display include works by Stanley Woodward (1890-1970); Emile Gruppe (1896-1978), a prominent artist from Gloucester’s Rocky Neck area; and well-known landscape painter and teacher Charles Movalli (1945-2016).
Historic medical-related artifacts and photographs from Addison Gilbert Hospital are also featured in the exhibit.