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The Coast & the Sea

Marine and Maritime Art in America


Junius Brutus Stearns (1810-1885). Fishing in a Catboat in Great South Bay, 1871. Oil on canvas, 29 x 39 1/4 inches. Collection of the New-York Historical Society. Gift of C. Otto von Kienbusch, 1964.21.

Francis Augustus Silva (1835–1886). New York Harbor, N.Y., 1880. Oil on canvas. 12 x 20 in. (30.5 x 50.8 cm). Collection of the New-York Historical Society. Gift of the Pintard Fellows, 1975.29.

John Frederick Kensett (1816–1872). Sunset on the Coast (Seashore), 1861. Oil on canvas. 18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm). Collection of the New-York Historical Society. The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-42.

Carlton Theodore Chapman (1860–1925). Engagement between the U.S. Frigate Constitution and H.M.S. Guerriere, 1895. Oil on canvas. 29 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. (74.3 x 90.2 cm). Collection of the New-York Historical Society.

Unidentified Artist. A Southeast Prospect of the City of N.Y., ca. 1756–61. Oil on canvas. 38 x 72 1/2 in. (96.5 x 184.2 cm). Collection of the New-York Historical Society. Gift of Cornelia LeRoy White, in the name of Goldsborough Banyer, 1904.

A previous exhibition
at The Baker Museum

April 19, 2014 — July 6, 2014


Organized by the New-York Historical Society, this exhibit features major marine paintings and maritime artifacts from the museum’s holdings. A reflection of the fact that the early history and culture of the United States are closely bound to the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern seaboard of North America, this exhibition includes over 50 paintings from 1750 to 1904, a selection of decorative arts with maritime themes, and artifacts and tools. It offers audiences a rich trove of maritime works set in a meaningful historical and cultural narrative.


This exhibition has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

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