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  • “Harbor Skyline” - watercolor
  • “Bob Perrin” - photograph
  • “Macy Warehouse” - watercolor
  • “Hidden Forest Thistles” - watercolor
  • “Self Portrait” - pen & ink
  • “Nude at the Beach” - watercolor
  • “My House” - textile
  • “Studio Door” - wooden slat door from Perrin’s studio

C. Robert Perrin

1915–99

Perrin was a pioneer on Old South Wharf, where his converted fishing shanty evolved into the first active gallery on the wharf in 1956. Perrin migrated to the island in 1946 after serving in the U.S. Army as an illustrator from 1939 to 1946. By the mid-1960s, he had moved permanently to Washington Street, where he held weekly watercolor demonstrations during the summer.

Perrin’s inventive nature led to a variety of endeavors. He illustrated children’s books with characters like Nancy Tucket and the Whopper, and experimented in other media, including fiber arts collage. As reported in American Artist magazine in 1959, he converted his VW bus to an en plein air studio on wheels. Perrin favored Payne’s gray for his signature ghosts and puddles imagery, and he campaigned successfully against its discontinuation by a major watercolor manufacturer. Many locals remember him wearing a top hat and carrying a giant pocket watch during special events.