This site is a tribute to my father (Horace Peter Wilson) and my grandfather (Arthur William Wilson). Over time, contributions to this site may expand to interested friends and family members. It would be my greatest wish that the enjoyment and appreciation that I hold so dearly regarding the importance of this collection be shared. At present, Wilson’s paintings are known to be located in New Jersey, Texas, Kansas, Massachusetts, California and Oregon.
It was with the gracious assistance of historians on Cape Ann, and others interested in the artwork and persona of this artist, including those at the Cape Ann Museum, Rockport Art Association, and local galleries, that this endeavor flourished. In addition, I have visited Gloucester, Rockport, the Harvard College Library, and have received information from The Ransom Library at The University of Texas in this endeavor.
How fortunate to have been introduced to Peter Anastas, a local Cape Ann native, who personally knew my grandfather. Through Peter, I have met Martha Oaks, curator of the Cape Ann Museum, who has shown great hospitality and knowledge. Bing McGilvray, a volunteer at the Cape Ann Museum, has been beating the bushes tracking down information about the Artist. I cannot thank these people enough for their contributions and encouragement! This work could not have been possible without their interest and support.
I also need to give special mention to Christyl Cusworth of Cusworth Conservation, for doing such a professional job as she carefully restores Wilson’s artwork. This has been a three year process which involves tedious and detailed efforts. Tom Folk provided the introduction to Peter Anastas and to Stephen Motyka. Stephen has been fantastic, producing professional and custom artisanal hand carved frames and nameplates.
This site is a work-in-process, and as such, is very much open to comments and suggestions. One area in which I lack expertise, is photography. Over time, it is my goal to improve the quality of the photographs in order not to detract from the quality of the artwork.
I invite anyone with information to please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With kindest regards,