3050 Wooden plaque by George A. Grant with 4 painted, iconic Nantucket vignettes illustrating Brant Point Light, the Whaleship “Mohawk”, The Rainbow Fleet, and Sankaty Light. A rare and delightful folk art painting that descended in the family of a friend to whom the artist gifted it. It is in fine original condition. Oa. 14 in. x 16 in.
George Grant (1857-1942). was the son of whaling captain Charles Grant of Nantucket, and was himself a whaleman. He was the first “custodian” of the Nantucket Whaling Museum from its opening in 1930 until his death in 1942, and is credited with setting up the original whaling exhibit there. In addition to small carvings, paintings and whale boards which were sold at the museum, he created the original whaling diorama which for years adorned the outside of the old Whaling Museum. His works are in the collection of the NHA as well as in private collections.