Fine Marine Paintings
This show features a selection of our finest marine and coastal scenes of the 19th and 20th Centuries, by both American and European artists.
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Running Before the Gale
This is a stunning painting by noted American marine artist Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967). This dramatic scene of a ship with foul weather rigging is painted in oils on canvas and measures 36 x 42 inches, painted c. 1930. It is signed by the artist in the lower right corner and comes in a very fine modern gilt frame. Frank Vining Smith was born and raised on Cape Cod Massachusetts and had a strong affinity with the ocean from a very young age. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under Frank Benson, Philip Hale and Edward C.
Early Morning on the High Seas
This remarkable oil on canvas was painted by noted American marine artist Frank Vining Smith, c. 1930. The canvas measures 30 x 36 inches, and is signed in the lower right corner, in a very fine modern gilt frame. Frank Vining Smith was born and raised on Cape Cod Massachusetts and had a strong affinity with the ocean from a very young age. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under Frank Benson, Philip Hale and Edward C. Tarbell, then at the Art Students League of New York.
This highly detailed painting of the clipper ship "Cutty Sark" is by noted American marine artist Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967). An oil on canvas created around 1930, it measures 30 x 40 inches and is signed by the artist in the lower right corner. This ship was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, holding the record time from Australia to Britain for a period of ten years. The name refers to the witch "Nannie Dee" in Robert Burns 1791 poem "Tam o'Shanter" and she is represented as the ships figurehead in a white "cutty sark" or short nightgown.
Setting Sail, Early Morning
Oil on canvas, 12 x 20 inches, 1881, signed and dated, in a period gilt frame. As a young man, Johnson was a sailor and one of only twelve survivors aboard a ship that caught fire and sank of the coast of South Africa. He returned to his native Boston, Massachusetts, and studied art with marine painter William E. Norton. Johnson went on to become very well known for his nautical and marine paintings in the later part of the 19th century.
Oil on canvas, 12 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches, c. 1830, signed "Chambers- Whitby" on the back of the sinking ship. A dramatic scene of a shipwreck in the stormy seas. Chambers was a painter from Whitby, Yorkshire, who specialized in seascapes. He was the son of a fisherman, and as a young boy served as a cabin boy on a merchant ship. He later spent some time in London as a set painter for the Pavillion Theater. Chambers was best known for his paintings of ships and naval battles, many of which are in museums and galleries in Britain.
Salt Bark Leaving Harbor
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 1903, signed and dated lower right, framed.
Monhegan Island View
Oil on canvas, sight size 16 1/2 x 40 inches, c. 1910, signed l.l. "F. Weber", framed. Weber grew up in Columbia, SC but was educated in Germany where he graduated in Berlin in 1903. His artistic education began in Paris at the Ecole National des Beaux Arts and the Julian Academy. Ferdinand Humbert, Jean Paul Laurens, Raoul Verlet and Paul Richer were his teachers. He is known for his etchings, sculptures and paintings which are exhibited in many public and private collections.
Oil on canvas, 15 x 20 inches, signed lower left
Galleon At Sea
A vibrant original oil on canvas by Italian artist Luigi Paollilo, this painting measures 28 x 36 inches, c. 1910, signed l.r. "L. Paolillo", framed. Known for his seascapes and genre scenes, Paollilo exhibited his work widely in Italy and Europe; he also spent many years traveling in the western hemisphere, from Argentina to America.
Oil on canvas, 8 x 16 inches, Tilden-Thurber label on reverse
Oil on masonite, 20 x 24 inches, c. 1950, signed "A R Herrick," in the original frame built by the artist. Herrick was a well known artist in Westmoreland, NH, specializing in landscapes and seascapes of New England. He was a member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and the North Shore Art Association. This dynamic image of crashing surf was most likely painted near Rockport, MA.
This is an atmospheric moonlit scene of a ship coming in to harbor, painted in oil on Academy Board and measuring 15 1/8 x 11 inches. It is obscurely signed "H. G. Lask..?" in the lower right corner; although we have not been able to determine the identity of the artist, this painting is certainly done by a skilled hand, very much in the style of James Gale Tyler. A very fine 19th century painting in an ornate period gilt frame.
Oil on canvas, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches, c. 1880, unsigned, period frame. A suggestion of a perfect sailing day as waves break along the shoreline and fair weather clouds hover over distant sailboats on the horizon.