We established Ernest S. Kramer Fine Arts & Prints, Inc. in 1982 as a direct outgrowth of twenty-plus years of collecting Gloucester/Rockport (Cape Ann) paintings and 19th and early 20th century American and European fine prints. Previously, Ernest was the New England district manager for the United States Chamber of Commerce for seventeen years with representatives in four states. Carolyn was a former elementary school teacher in upstate New York. Early in 1980 we purchased residential property and became real estate investors.
Our interest in art was sparked by the rich artistic heritage of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Carolyn’s hometown. At the turn of the century into the 1930′s and 40′s, Gloucester and Rockport were a mecca for important world-class artists, such as Fitz Hugh Lane, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Frank Duveneck, Emile Gruppe and Aldro Hibbard.
In 1968 we started collecting etchings by Frank W. Benson, the Dean of American Sporting Art, which became the catalyst for the business. In addition to selling sporting art, we maintain an extensive select inventory of American and European fine prints and drawings of the early 20th century with an emphasis on the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s. We now maintain the largest and finest selection of works on paper for the connoisseur west of Boston.
We are private dealers located in Wellesley Hills, MA, which is twelve miles west of Boston. We see clients by appointment only. For those coming to Boston via Logan airport, we would be pleased to arrange for complimentary transportation.
While engaged in buying, selling, appraising and consulting, we also maintain want lists for collectors. In addition, we gladly assist new collectors who require some time, knowledge and direction. We are always interested in purchasing oil paintings, watercolors or prints and drawings, either singly or in collections.
Having enjoyed great success with our previous catalogues, we now look forward to reaching the world audience.