Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Kroll, Genevieve (Mrs. Leon)

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Kroll, Genevieve (Mrs. Leon)
  • Kroll, Genevieve (Mrs. Leon), Interviewee
  • Brayton, Linda, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview. Some names and terms used in this interview: Mr. Home, Paul Rosenberg, Robert Delaunay, Edinburg, Nancy Hale, Tom and Esther Williams, Ellen Hale, Farnsworth (Martha), Robert Henri, Miss Laight, Max Kuehne, D'Ascenzo, Conway, George Demetrios, Gifford Beal, Reynolds Beal, John Sloan, Grafly, George Bellows, William Meyerowitz, Robert Beverly Hale, Miss Clement and Miss Hale, Staphanio family (Lola), Paul Manship, Natti, Christ Pierodella Transera, Count Orgaz El Greco, Hetty Beatty, Jinnee (Virginia) Burton Demetrios, Speicher, William Glakens, Douvanier (custom official) Rousseau, Marjorie Henri, George Lukes, Columbia University , Mr. Starr.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):Linda Brayton (3/21/1978)
  • TRACKS:1. Mrs. Kroll's background, studies, first contacts with art world -- 2. Mrs. Kroll's first meeting with Mr. Kroll, their courtship and marriage -- 3. First contact with Folly Cove, Mr. Kroll's requirements for a home -- 4. Mr. Kroll's passion for Gloucester, Gloucester's aura -- 5. Mr. Kroll's group of artist friends, Gloucester as an inspiration to artists -- 6. Gloucester compared to Mediterranean seacoast -- 7. Going to Folly Cove where the shadows aren't black the sky, the light -- 8. Mr. Kroll's death, funeral -- 9. The people in Folly Cove circa 1929, the artists seemed more serious about their work -- 10. The Scandinavian and Finnish people as models, population was cosmopolitan -- 11. Folly Cove is good, happy and eternal -- 12. The people of Lanesville, their character, their relations with artists -- 13. Paintings of Mrs. Kroll, temperament of the artist -- 14. Painting was everything to Mr. Kroll -- 15. Bond existed between artists in Folly Cove -- 16. Socializing usually between Folly Cove and Rockport people, sometimes with Gloucester people -- 17. The Folly Cove Designers - the people -- 18. The story of Choo Choo, the train -- 19. Folly Cove Designers as a help to unemployed quarry workers -- 20. Book about Mr. Kroll planned -- 21. Type of artist in Folly Cove over the years -- 22. Gloucester's attitude toward art, comments on Champlain's Beau Port -- 23. Struggles of the young to establish themselves -- 24. Wives of Folly Cove artists devoted, wonderful help-mates -- 25. Travel, a necessity to earlier artists, Mr. Kroll's favorite paintings -- 26. Relations between Mr. Kroll and artist friends -- 27. Mrs. Kroll's feeling about Folly Cove, her life and especially her time with Mr. Kroll.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Kroll, Genevieve (Mrs. Leon), Interviewee and Brayton, Linda, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Kroll, Genevieve (Mrs. Leon),” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed May 12, 2021,


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