Historical Paintings

eeling by franklin gifford

Eeling on Eel Pond by Franklin Gifford. From the collection of the Woods Hole Library.

Franlkin Gifford (1854-1936), a long-time resident of Woods Hole, filled his retirement making paintings of local scenes that he remembered or reconstructed.

Twenty or so of Gifford’s paintings now hang on the walls of the Woods Hole Public Library. Some of the paintings depict battles or famous historical events, but many (like the paint of eeling shown here) show scenes village life in Woods Hole in the 1800s and capture a sense of what that life was like.

You can view a show of Gifford paintings and learn more about them here.

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