Art: Mudheads

Charles Webster Hawthorne was 27 years old, had put in a few years as an art teacher, when he settled in Provincetown, Mass, in 1899. At that time Provincetown was a fishing village inhabited largely by Portuguese. A Chicago visitor said that Provincetown ladies decorated their hats with mackerel gills and swept their floors with halibut fins. But to Hawthorne, Provincetown's great natural resource was its summer light— brilliant and untempered, making houses, sand and wharves blaze against their backgrounds. In an old sail loft he established an art school. Before his death in 1930...

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