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Harrison Cady: View from the Headlands

July 7, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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July 7, 2018
October 28, 2018


Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant St
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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A special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877–1970)

Harrison Cady, a native of Gardner, Massachusetts, is best known for his collaboration with Thornton W. Burgess (1874–1965), author of numerous children’s bedtime stories. In 1910, their first book, Old Mother West Wind, introduced Americans to British author Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit. In addition to Peter Rabbit, Cady illustrated other animated animal characters including Chippy Chipmunk, Jerry Muskrat and Reddy Fox. Cady’s work with Burgess continued for the next 50 years.

Cady began his 70-year career as an illustrator with the Brooklyn Eagle and later worked for numerous popular American publications, including Life magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, the Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. His syndicated comic strip “Peter Rabbit” ran in the New York Herald Tribune for 28 years.

A frequent visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts, Cady made it his permanent summer home in 1920, purchasing a seafront property known as “The Headlands.” With his studio “the Silo” located nearby, Cady shifted his focus to painting landscapes and harbor scenes. Cady was an early member of the Rockport Art Association, founded in 1921.

View from the Headlands draws on public and private collections throughout the region with examples of Cady’s early magazine illustrations, his work with writer Thornton W. Burgess, and his later landscape paintings. The exhibition reflects the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting work that celebrates the area’s culture and history.

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