The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America

The New-York Historical Society holds an important collection of marine paintings and maritime artifacts; a reflection of the fact that the early history and culture of the United States are closely bound to the Atlantic and the eastern seaboard of North America. More than fifty paintings ranging in date from 1750 to 1904 and a medley of maritime artifacts have been selected for The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America, offering audiences a rich trove of maritime works set in a meaningful historical and cultural narrative.

Thomas Birch (1779-1851), Escape of the U.S. Frigate Constitution, 1838, oil on canvas. Bequest of Matilda Wolfe Bruce, 1908.5

 Tour Schedule

Venue Dates
The Baker Museum (Naples, FL) April 19–July 6, 2014
Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME) January-May 2015
Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT)

William Trost Richards: The History of a Reputation

Speaker: 
Linda S. Ferber
Wed, June 5th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Event Details

Richards's career spanned the second half of the nineteenth century and the first five years of the twentieth. During these turbulent yet productive years, he created some of the most important and beautiful paintings in the history of American art. From 1854 through the 1860s, Richards concentrated upon landscapes of Pennsylvania and New York, earning his early reputation as a painter equally adept in the styles of the mainstream Hudson River School and the reformist American Pre-Raphaelites.

From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society

Jun 7 2013 - Sep 8 2013

This exhibition of American art, drawn from the New-York Historical Society's venerable collections, presents a chronological and thematic survey of masterworks ranging in date from 1720 to 1917. Included are Colonial, Federal, and Gilded Age portraits; Hudson River School landscapes; marine and maritime paintings, with a focus on works inspired by the War of 1812; and genre, history, and narrative subjects.

Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1758-1842), Escape of H.M.S. Belvidera from the U.S. Frigate President, ca. 1815, Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm), Bequest of Irving S. Olds, 1963.58

Woven throughout the installation are a medley of artist portraits that traces American masters from Benjamin West’s London studio to the mid-nineteenth century ateliers of New York. Highlights include works by Gerardus Duyckinck, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Birch, Thomas Buttersworth, William Sidney Mount, John F. Kensett, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam.

The Wind Mill

Title
The Wind Mill
Date 
ca. 1858
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection
Object Number 
S-217
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Princess Elizabeth in the Tower

Title
Princess Elizabeth in the Tower
Date 
1860
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection
Object Number 
S-187
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Pilgrims Going to Church

Title
Pilgrims Going to Church
Date 
1867
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection
Object Number 
S-117
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Window (later known as A Window, House on Hudson River)

Title
The Window (later known as A Window, House on Hudson River)
Date 
1863
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection
Object Number 
S-71
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Intelligence Office

Title
The Intelligence Office
Date 
1849
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Abbott-Lenox Fund
Object Number 
1959.46
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Sowing the Word

Title
Sowing the Word
Date 
1868
Medium 
Oil on linen
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Estate of Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes
Object Number 
1948.158
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War

Title
Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War
Date 
1862
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Louis Lang. Photo courtesy Williamstown Art Conservation Center, 2011
Object Number 
1886.3
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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