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Housed in the 1823 Abigail Hooper Trask House, the Museum invites you to experience Manchester-by-the-Sea’s fascinating past through restored period rooms, paintings and sculptures by master artists, collections from the town's furniture era and maritime history, educational programs, speakers, and exhibits.  Museum tours available Tuesday – Thursday, 10 AM – 3 PM.

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Winslow Homer Engraving Added to Collection


Thanks to a gift from Christine Virden of MBTS, the Museum has added to its permanent Collection a wood engraving of Winslow Homer’s iconic “Eagle Head, Manchester, Massachusetts (High Tide),” depicting three young women emerging from a swim in the ocean at Singing Beach.  It was published in the August 6, 1870 edition of Boston's periodical Every Saturday.


A few months earlier, at a New York show, Homer first exhibited his oil painting of the same name and subject matter.  The painting was panned by critics.  They were disturbed that, as one wrote, the figures were “exceedingly red-legged and ungainly...”  So, Homer edited the image for Every Saturday.  In this version, the young women's bare legs were covered with leggings, and the dog was replaced with a swim cap.


Homer (1836–1910) began his career as an illustrator, creating images of current events for newspapers and other periodicals in Boston and New York. Homer sometimes adapted his illustrations into watercolors and oil paintings.  He also reused the imagery of his paintings – such as “Eagle Head” – in his engravings.  

The more than 150-year-old engraving of Winslow Homer's “Eagle Head” is part of our summer exhibit -- “Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel & the Resort Era” -- which opens on May 30.


Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel & the Resort Era

Kory Curcuru, from 1623 Studios, will be our featured speaker to kick off our summer exhibit — Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel & the Resort Era. Kory plans to discuss the resort-era movement and summer life in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He will also provide a look at the Booth family, proprietors of the majestic Masconomo Hotel, and share the history of Lexington Avenue, the area's fashionable shopping destination.

After the lecture, you are invited to the unveiling of our summer exhibit at the Museum.


Date: Thursday, May 30

Time: 7 PM


Information about future lectures available here 

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