William Henry Partridge



“Original” Motif #1

Oil on Board

20 x 24

With Frame

24 x 28


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William Henry Partridge (1858-1938)

Condition Report:  Signed “W.H. Partridge” lower right.  Painting and frame in good condition.

William Henry Partridge Biography from The Artisfun Gallery

William H. Partridge was a born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1858.  He is known to have lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  He studied art at the Massachusetts School of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.  He was a member of the Boston Art Club, the Springfield Art Institute, the Gloucester Society of Artists, and the Business Men’s Art Club of Boston. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club in 1874.

His work is represented at the Wellesley Public Library in Wellesley, Massachusetts and at the Greenville County Museum of Art.

William H. Partridge died in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1938.

Motif No. 1, located on Bradley Wharf in Rockport, is a fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as one of the most often-painted buildings in America. Built in the 1840s as Rockport became home to a colony of artists and fishermen, the shack became a favorite subject of painters due to the composition and lighting of its location as well as being a symbol of New England maritime life. In the 1930s, painter John Buckley used the shack as his studio. He sold it to the town in 1945, dedicated “In 1945, the town of Rockport purchased the Motif as a monument to Rockporters who had served in the Armed Services.” Although the original building was lost in the Blizzard of 1978, this former fishing shack is said to be the most painted building in the country. The town, recognizing its iconic value, has preserved both its structure and appearance.

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Photo from AskArt

Additional information

Weight 2.7 lbs
Dimensions 27 × 4 × 31 in


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