American 18-19th Century Coastal, Marine and Maritime Art


(above: Fitz Henry Lane (1804 1865), The Ships "Winged Arrow" and "Southern Cross" in Boston Harbor, 1853, 36.5 24.1 inches. The Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial, Cincinnati Art Museum.)




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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York (6/5/15)

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America (2/16/15)

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America (2/27/14)

Illuminating the Sea: The Marine Paintings of James E. Buttersworth, 1817-1894 (3/25/09)

American Ship Portraits & Marine Painting, Introduction; essay by Philip Chadwick Foster Smith (1/8/09)

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869), American Marine and Landscape Painter (9/23/08)

Winslow Homer: Survival and the Sea (6/21/05)

Turner: The Late Seascapes (6/26/03)

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Acquires 'Starlight' in Harbor by American Painter Fitz Hugh Lane (7/11/02)

Cameo of the Permanent Collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library (8/13/99)

Life of a Sailor: A Collector 's Vision (6/8/99)

The Civil War Naval Scenes of Xanthus Smith (9/1/98)

Sea Change (7/17/98)

The Bard Brothers

Bricher Acquisition (4/7/98)


(above: Fitz Henry Lane, Salem Harbor, 1853, oil on canvas, Height: 66.3 cm (26.1 in), Width: 106.6 cm (42 in), Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


From other websites:

Fitz Henry Lane Online is "a freely-accessible interactive and interdisciplinary online resource created by the Cape Ann Museum. The website is organized around a catalog of the paintings, drawings, and lithographs of nineteenth-century American painter Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865)." Accessed 4/18

Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter's Journey, 1869-1880 is a 2019 exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum which says: "Homer at the Beach brings together some 50 original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910). The exhibition will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter."  Accessed 3/20

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter, an exhibit held September 29. 2009-March 7, 2010 at the American Folk Art Museum. Accessed August, 2015.


(above: Winslow Homer, Maine Coast, 1896, oil on canvas, 76.2 ? 101.6 cm (30 ? 40 in), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of George A. Hearn, in memory of Arthur Hoppock Hearn, 1911. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)


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