Patterson Margaret Jordan 1867-1950
Harbor, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, ca. 1910s
Watercolor on paper 10 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches
Collection of Spanierman Gallery, LLC.


The 2010 Painting Portsmouth exhibit showcased significant Portsmouth paintings drawn from private collections, art galleries, public institutions, and auction houses. Artists included John Blunt, Emil Gruppe, Edmund Tarbell, Fidelia Bridges, Charles Woodbury and Charles Goodhue, some of whom called the Seacoast home while others used vacation or travel to capture compelling views, many of which no longer exist. The works conjured up memories of shoreline summers, impressions of hard-working fishermen along the bay, workers at the Naval Shipyard, and visions of nature's elemental force and subtlety along the Piscataqua River and beyond.

Co-curated by Kimberly Alexander, Ph.D., Chief Curator of Strawbery Banke and Jamie LeFluer, owner of Portsmouth's popular Banks Gallery. A catalog of the exhibit is available at TYCO Visitors Center at 14 Hancock Street.

Accompanying programs included:

Creative Painting for Children
Hosted by Art Education Consultant, Heather Walters, BFA.

Conversation with the Artists
Featuring artists Carol Aronson-Shore, George Nick and TM Nicholas

Coming of Age in the Piscataqua: John Samuel Blunt's Portsmouth
Presented by Peter Michaud, NH Division of Historical Resources.

Painting Gloucester and Rockport
Presented by Karen E. Quinn, Kristin and Roger Servison Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of Janet Y. and Lawrence A. Larose, Cynthia Raymond, Edward Newberry, Elisabeth Sturges, Stephen H. and Julia L. Roberts, Northeast Auctions and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

John Blunt. A View of Portsmouth, [NH], from Freeman's Point
Courtesy of City of Portsmouth
1878 Gift of Colonel William H. Sise, Mayor
Photograph courtesy of Anthony Moore