An Artist's Voyage: The Maritime Art of John Stobart
For the first time on Cape Cod, view the award winning and internationally acclaimed artist John Stobart's 19 original paintings and 12 framed prints of historically accurate views of maritime life in the great age of sail! This $2M collection is an extraordinarily rare example of fine draftsmanship and atmospheric perspective, seldom seen today beyond the recognized historic masters of painting. Mr. Stobart's Plein-Air works show nuanced light and spontaneity with broad brush strokes and chiaroscuro effect. This is a rare opportunity for the general public and art connoisseurs to view this caliber of paintings in a world class fine art gallery on Cape Cod, let alone a major museum anywhere in the world.
The name John Stobart is pre-eminent in the world of maritime art. Having shown an early aptitude for creativity, he enrolled in Derby College of Art and then the Royal Academy. He was encouraged by the founders of the Kennedy Galleries to pursue his notion to recreate the American harbor scenes in the days of the great clipper era. In the years to follow, the name Stobart would become synonymous with the rediscovery of the nation’s lost ports.
Complimentary items from the Museum’s permanent collection includes scrimshaw, ship models and figureheads, enabling the visitor an experience including the full scope of marine art.
Catboats to Clipper Ships: Boatbuilding on Cape Cod
Our East Exhibit Gallery holds our exhibit “Catboats to Clipper Ships: Boat Building in Cape Cod”. We highlight the influence of Cape Cod on boat building, with interactive displays on lofting, planking, spar making, hand finishes, and block and tackle systems, as well as Past and Present Boat Builders of Cape Cod. There are brief videos of boat building projects across the Cape, from Clipper Ships to Catboats. Our newest addition is an exhibit on the Lightships of Cape Cod. This exhibit corresponds with our 1926 Eldredge Nautical Chart and the ships that lead the way through Nantucket Sound. We thank the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable Village for their support of this exhibit.
Cape Cod's Largest Scrimshaw Collection
The museum is now displaying Elizabeth H. and William Graham's personal Scrimshaw collection, which is the largest publically displayed collection on Cape Cod. The collection is on permanent display at the entrance to the museum. Come see a wide variety of scrimshaw designs and materials from our whaling past.
Cook Boat Shop
Located on the lower level of the museum, directly facing the Hyannis Harbor waterfront, the Cook Boat Shop is a working exhibit space for traditional & contemporary boat building, including projects to restore historic Cape Cod water craft. Witness boat builders, both young and old, using both traditional and modern methods in boat building and restoration. Students of all ages learn from our volunteer boat builders the art of boat building. Come witness a working boat shop and hear personal stories of the people working there and the boats in the shop.
Preservation Boat Shed
An extension of our boat shop, the Preservation Boat shed houses boat building activities and traditional craft in our collection as well as our catboat, Sarah, during the winter.
Climb Aboard Park
Climb Aboard our 28 ft. boat built especially for kids. Set in our gated park, come enjoy our picnic tables for a fun filled day on the waterfront.
Sea Captain's Row
Did you know that in the 1800’s there were over 150 Sea Captains that called Hyannis home? Welcome to the beginning of a historical walk between the train & the ferries - two modes of transportation in Hyannis that have inspired the Cape & her visitors for decades! Walk by Pleasant street and delve into one of the most historic areas of Hyannis. Stop and see the mural at the corner of Pleasant Street and Main Street at Bradford’s Ace Hardware. Click here for more information!
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