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Ships Portrait, Maritime Folk Art
19th Century

Two British merchantmen and a steamship flying an unusual assortment of flags are depicted entering and leaving American waters in this large watercolor. In a the foreground a side wheeler heads into port flying an American flag on the mainmast, a red swallow tail company pennant with "GW" in white, a Belgian national flag, and a British naval ensign on the stern. Just visible behind her is a pilot boat with a large "6" on its sails. In the background two merchantmen under full sail fly American flags at the stern as well as company pennants and the British Merchant Navy red ensign on their mainmasts. Seen on the steamship's deck are men wearing top hats and two ladies with parasols along with uniformed sailors on her decks. The painting is in a period 37 by 25" gilt frame. The view area is 17.75 by 29.5". The colors are quite strong though the painting has the usual toning. The edges have been professionally restored. A handwritten note on the backboard reads "L. Newman Paint[er]."



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