Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket Renaissance

Presented by

William Raveis Nantucket
With generous support from Ritchie, Westray & Katie Battle


Portrait of Anne Ramsdell Congdon, ca. 1920s
Maud Stumm (ca. 1870-1935)
Gouache on mahogany
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Congdon

“I begin my art career again!”

The McCausland Gallery will feature a major exhibition of the work of island artist Anne Ramsdell Congdon.

In 1925, when Congdon was 52 and her two boys were grown, she re-dedicated herself to art and launched a remarkably successful thirty-year career in painting—becoming the best known and most talented member of the Island’s Art Colony. The exhibit will feature approximately forty paintings from the NHA and private collections on island, many of the latter have been rarely if ever seen by the public.

In 2019, the Congdon family loaned Congdon’s diaries to the NHA, which were digitized and transcribed. The show will include many quotations from the artist giving her paintings a new biographical and interpretive depth. Also, a computer screen in the gallery will, for the first time, give scholars ready access to Congdon’s words, thoughts, and daily activities.

Learn more about Anne Ramsdell Congdon


The exhibit will be curated by Anne Classen Knutson, Ph.D with assistance from Steve Langer and research by Claire Jensen.

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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