Early Fenway Artists

Artists shown in this section were early residents of Fenway Studios and where known, their studio number(s) and dates of residence are given. We hope to expand this section of the site to show more and more the contributions to the art and history of Boston that have emerged from Fenway Studios.

The notes below are by Nancy Allyn Jarzombek and are taken from her work for the Vose Galleries publication, Mary Bradshaw Titcomb and Her Contemporaries / The Artists of Fenway Studios, 1905 – 1939, being the catalog of the exhibition May 30 – July 31, 1998. Used with permission of Vose Galleries.

Epilogue: Artists Move In

“...on the whole we like our simple bare rooms better for common solid work”

“Construction of Fenway Studios began in April 1905. Artists quickly signed up for studio spaces. Some on the list were those who had lost their studios to the Harcourt fire; others were attracted by the promise of excellent working conditions and reasonable rents. The building was finished by November 21, 1905, but artists began moving in as early as October. Although some artists lived in their studios, many lived elsewhere and commuted. Two years after it opened the Boston Globe reported that the st udios had filled "almost as soon as completed and now another fully as large, in the same neighborhood could be filled also.”

“The occupants represented a wide cross-section of Boston's artists. Some of the city's best known, such as Museum School teachers Edmund C. Tarbell, Philip L. Hale and William M. Paxton, and the influential Massachusetts Normal Art School teacher Joseph DeCamp, worked alongside their students, many of whom doubled up in studios to save money. Stylistically conservative painters such as William Worcester Churchill worked next door to those experimenting with aspects of modernism such as Carl Gordon Cutler, Charles Hovey Pepper and Charles Hopkinson.”

Representative Artists

Joseph Decamp - The Pink Feather Gertrude Fiske - Sunny Beach, Ogunquit, Maine Mary Titcomb - The Writer

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp

(1858-1923)
The Pink Feather (The Brown Veil)
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches
Signed Lower Left: 1908
Fenway Studios 1911 – 1916
Studio 108
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

Gertrude Fiske

(1878-1961)
Sunny Beach, Ogunquit, Maine
Oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Signed Lower Left: Gertrude Fiske
Fenway Studios 1947 – 1960
Studio 208
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

Mary Bradish Titcomb

(1858-1927)
The Writer
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches
Signed Lower Right: Circa 1912
Fenway Studios 1919 – 1927
Studio 205
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

Charles Hopkinson - Happy Blowing Bubbles George Noyes - Front Beach, Rockport, Massachusetts William Paxton - Reddy and the Macaw

Charles Hopkinson

(1869-1962)
Happy Blowing Bubbles
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 inches
Signed Lower Left: 1910
Fenway Studios 1906 – 1958
Studio 403
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

George Loftus Noyes

(1864-1954)
Front Beach, Rockport, Massachusetts
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 15 inches
Signed Lower Left: G. L. Noyes
Fenway Studios 1908 – 1910
Studio 104
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

William M. Paxton

(1869-1941)
Reddy and the Macaw
Oil on canvas
25 x 30 inches
Signed Upper Left: Circa 1923
Fenway Studios 1906 – 1915
Studio 411
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

Edmund Tarbell - Girl with Sailboat Marguerite Pearson - Afternoon Concert

Edmund Charles Tarbell

(1862-1938)
Girl with Sailboat (Josephine Tarbell)
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches
Signed Lower Left
Fenway Studios 1911 – 1934
Studios 101, 201, 301
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries

Marguerite Stuber Pearson

(1898-1978)
Afternoon Concert
Oil on canvas
36 1/4 x 44 1/4 inches
Signed Lower Right: M. S. Pearson
Circa 1935
Fenway Studios 1930 – 1942
Studio 401
(This work depicts the interior of her studio, #401)
Photo courtesy of Vose Galleries