Earlier this week, I posted photos of noted Rockport artist Anthony Thieme painting Motif No. 1 in 1950. Here is more from that same series of photographs, only this set shows Thieme and his wife Lillian at their home, which was located at 6 South Street in Rockport.
On the grounds he owned behind this home, Thieme founded a summer art school in 1929, which he continued to operate until 1943. He also built a large gallery and studio, which a 1941 newspaper article described as “the most ambitious thing of its kind ever undertaken by one artist in New England.” Tragically, on Dec. 23, 1946, fire swept through the studio, burning it to the ground and destroying many of his unsold paintings.
After Thieme’s suicide in 1954, his wife moved to Florida and the home was sold to another artist, Lucian A. Geraci, who used it as his studio for many years. The house, which records indicate was built in 1750, is still there. A realty site indicates that it is currently for sale.