It doesn’t get more authentically New England than a Jerome Howes painting.
Howes isn’t old enough for any of his work to qualify as a full-blown antique, but they come from an old-world perspective. As a thirteenth generation Cape Codder, Howes is the son of an antiques dealer who specialized in marine paintings and related artifacts.
Howes Sr. apparently had an extensive private collection of 19th century sail and steam ship portraits and his son grew up with a deep appreciation of the marine tradition.
owner Lou Desautels says this Howes painting came from a prominent Boston estate; it’s a recent addition to his store and hangs where the Bass Otis family portrait used to be. He also points out that Howes’ popularity has grown well beyond New England and his images are now known all over the world. In fact, one of his marine scenes is being used as the official cover painting of 2011 Hyannis/Nantucket Figawi race, now in its 40th year and which runs over the upcoming holiday weekend.