Skip to content

Search Collections

Great Storm at Providence

1925.208 (RS140)

Description

Market Square, Providence, Rhode Island, flooded by the Great September Gale of 1815. Scene depicts Market Square with high water. Two ships with sailors, ships crashing into buildings, floating debris, ominous grey sky with slight patch of blue, yellowish clouds.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": On September 24, 1815, an unusually high tide coinciding with a powerful hurricane created a scene to remember in Providence, Rhode Island. This painting perfectly mirrors the eyewitness accounts, depicting dark skies, storm-tossed water, ships, buildings, fragments of wood and cloth, and people swept helplessly along. The storm caused extensive damage, tearing ships from their moorings, wrecking buildings, and destroying several bridges. Amazingly, only three lives were lost. <br/> This was a scene Providence residents hoped never to witness again. One hundred and twenty-three years later, in September 1938, Providence was again hit by a powerful hurricane at the time of an exceptional high tide, with a flood level in Market Square exceeding that of the 1815 storm by nearly two feet. Bronze plaques on the Market House, which still stands in downtown Providence, record both disasters.<br/>
Maker
Kidder, James, 1793-1837 (Artist)
Date
1815
After
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)
Rhode Island (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Picture, History
Storm
storms
Associated events
Great September Gale of 1815
People and organizations
Market Square
Dimensions
38 1/2 x 48 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1925.208
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
17124

Comments