Comment, Like, & Favorite
Lunch At The Harbor
Photograph - Photography
Motif Number 1, located on Bradley Wharf in the harbor town of Rockport, Massachusetts, is a fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as "the most often-painted building in America".
Built in the 1840s as Rockport became home to a colony of artists and fishermen, the shack became a favorite subject of painters due to the composition and lighting of its location as well as being a symbol of New England maritime life. Painter Lester Hornby (1882-1956) is believed to be the first to call the shack "Motif Number 1" a reference to its being the favorite subject of the town's painters, and the name achieved general acceptance.
In the 1930s, painter John Buckley used the shack as his studio. He sold it to the town in 1945. In 1945, the town of Rockport purchased the Motif as a monument to Rockporters who had served in the Armed Services. The town, recognizing its iconic value, has taken pains to preserve both its structure and appearance, finding a red paint which appears weather-beaten even when new, and keeping the area clear of overhead wires, traffic signs and advertising.
The shack was destroyed during the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact replica was constructed that same year.
April 19th, 2012
Viewed 1,672 Times - Last Visitor from Houston, TX on 07/26/2014 at 11:12 AM
copy and paste to your website / blog - preview
rockport framed prints, rustic framed prints, motif no 1 framed prints, seaside framed prints, ocean framed prints, pier framed prints, new england fishing scenes framed prints, fishing scenes framed prints, new england seascapes framed prints, cape ann framed prints, north shore framed prints, new england nautical scenes framed prints, motifno1 framed prints, seascapes framed prints, coastal scenes framed prints, scenic new england framed prints, coastal framed prints, bradley wharf framed prints, shack framed prints, transportation framed prints, sky framed prints, coast framed prints, coastal framed prints, fish framed prints, new england framed prints, rockport greeting cards, rustic greeting cards, motif no 1 greeting cards, seaside greeting cards, ocean greeting cards, pier greeting cards, new england fishing scenes greeting cards, fishing scenes greeting cards, new england seascapes greeting cards, cape ann greeting cards, north shore greeting cards, new england nautical scenes greeting cards, motifno1 greeting cards, seascapes greeting cards, coastal scenes greeting cards, scenic new england greeting cards, coastal greeting cards, bradley wharf greeting cards, shack greeting cards, transportation greeting cards, sky greeting cards, coast greeting cards, coastal greeting cards, fish greeting cards, new england greeting cards, rockport prints, rustic prints, motif no 1 prints, seaside prints, ocean prints, pier prints, new england fishing scenes prints, fishing scenes prints, new england seascapes prints, cape ann prints, north shore prints, new england nautical scenes prints, motifno1 prints, seascapes prints, coastal scenes prints, scenic new england prints, coastal prints, bradley wharf prints, shack prints, transportation prints, sky prints, coast prints, coastal prints, fish prints, new england prints, rockport posters, rustic posters, motif no 1 posters, seaside posters, ocean posters, pier posters, new england fishing scenes posters, fishing scenes posters, new england seascapes posters, cape ann posters, north shore posters, new england nautical scenes posters, motifno1 posters, seascapes posters, coastal scenes posters, scenic new england posters, coastal posters, bradley wharf posters, shack posters, transportation posters, sky posters, coast posters, coastal posters, fish posters, new england posters