Paintings from the Friends of the NHA

This exhibition presents important paintings collected by the Friends of the NHA over the last three decades. By the 1980s, the high demand for Nantucket art and antiques increasingly placed valuable works beyond the association’s reach. To keep the organization competitive in the market, a group of collectors formed the Friends of the Nantucket Historical Association in 1986 to purchase important high-value works for the collection. The Friends’ generosity over the last thirty years has added more than one hundred works to the collection, including paintings by Gilbert Stuart and George Inness, irreplaceable logbooks, and choice examples of silver, furniture, and scrimshaw.

Banner image of the oil on board painting “Back of Nichols’ Barn, ’Sconset” by George Inness. (2011.6.1)

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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