Afternoon—Turners Creek, Maryland
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches
Signed at lower left: “Pancoast”
Label fragments on verso: “The Fellowship of the/Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts/Exhibition 1936/Title Afternoon- Turners Creek/[Ar]tist H[enr]y B. Pa[n]coast Jr/[…]1936[…]St.”
This work depicts Turner’s Creek near Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A small natural harbor off the Sassafras River, it is now the site of Turner’s Creek Park which abuts the Sassafras Natural Resource Management Area. Pancoast owned a farm in Kennedyville, close to Turner’s Creek.
About the Artist
A native of Philadelphia, the landscape painter Henry Boller Pancoast, Jr. studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1896 to 1900 and at the Drexel Institute. He was a member of the Philadelphia Art Club, and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1903 until 1930. He made sketching trips to New England and executed several paintings of Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts. Pancoast's painting of The Hague, Netherlands, done around 1905, indicates that he must have been in Europe at some point.