Annual Letter 2013

Dear Friends of James Fitzgerald, The James Fitzgerald Legacy has had a busy and productive 2013. Of particular note has been the growth of interest in his work beyond Monhegan. Of great excitement was the announcement this summer of a major gift by Charles J. & Irene Hamm to the New Britain Museum of American Art. Their gift, encompassing 165 works, as well as a substantial endowment, focuses on coastal art and includes several by Fitzgerald. The press release showed an image of his oil painting “Frank Pierce Cutting Fish” alongside works by William Partridge Burpee, Thomas Birch, Thomas Hart Benton, and Rockwell Kent. This amazing donation complements and greatly expands the holdings of the New Britain Museum of American Art, which received a lovely watercolor “Pegs” from Anne & Ed Hubert in 1987. The strength and masculinity of the Frank Pierce oil contrasts nicely with the very gentle and
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