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Shipwreck off Nantucket (Wreck off Nantucket after a Storm)

Artist:
William Bradford (American, 1823–1892)
Date:
ca. 1860–61
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 x 64 in. (101.6 x 162.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, John Osgood and Elizabeth Amis Cameron Blanchard Memorial Fund, Fosburgh Fund Inc. Gift, and Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.192
Not on view
On August 8, 1859, the whaling ship Nantucket ran aground during the night at Nashawena Island, Massachusetts, part of the Elizabeth Islands at the entrance to Vineyard Sound. The next day, Bradford left his studio in New Bedford to observe the scene in preparation for painting this large, epic depiction of the shipwreck. He had recently worked alongside Albert Van Beest, who had been trained in the tradition of Dutch marine painting, and the dramatic effect of heavy seas and tilting ship show the other artist’s influence. Bradford’s impressive knowledge of seagoing vessels, however, is seen in the careful delineation of the deck of the whaler and the small craft that surround it.
Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back before lining]: GOUPIL & CO / ARTISTS COLOURMEN / & PRINT SELLERS / 366 / BROADWAY / NEW YORK
Boston art market; with Post Road Antiques, Larchmont, New York, by 1970; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 21 May 1970, no. 42 (withdrawn); with Post Road Antiques, Larchmont, New York, until 1971
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