Charles Herbert Woodbury was a well-known American artist who played a significant role in making Ogunquit a popular artists' retreat. Woodbury studied art in Paris after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to Boston, where he taught and painted, focusing on marine subjects. On a journey to Maine to visit his fiancee, Woodbury stumbled upon the small fishing town of Ogunquit. He was impressed with the scenery, and thought it would be a perfect location for an art school. Woodbury bought some property, and by 1898, the art school was up and running.
Source: Encyclopedia Americana, International Edition. Vol. 29. Danbury, CT: Grolier, Inc. 1998.