Clement Drew (1806 - 1889)
Braces Rock, East Gloucester, 1882
Oil on board
9 x 11 ˝ inches
Signed, titled, dated and inscribed on the reverse: Braces Rock / East Gloucester / by C Drew / Sketched Live Gale Sept 29 1882
Clement Drew was born in Kingston, Massachusetts in 1806 and eventually settled in Boston. As a young man, in addition to being an artist, he worked as an art dealer, framer, ship carver, and librarian. In the years leading to the Civil War he became active in the Abolitionist movement with William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, and later the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Influenced by living in a major port city, his earliest paintings depicted the coastline south of Boston. Marine activity would become a lifelong fascination, and a career that would span nearly fifty years and lead Drew to travel extensively from Maine to the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. These travels became an important documentation of early American seafaring.
Drew’s works can be found in the collections of The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, Arizona; Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum in Rochester, New York; Brockton Art Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts; Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Mystic Art Association Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Maine; United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland among others.