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Launching of the USS Washington

1991.891 (RS35112)

Description

Large, almost square format, view of three-quarter sky and a ship emerging from a shiphouse at Portsmouth, NH, with a second ship and a strip of land in the background. There are also scattered figures in small craft, on land and in boats. Six prominent flags are displayed from the ships. It is in a simple black painted modern frame. [see photo neg#47490-A]

Details

Label
In Cherished Possessions, 2003-2005: In the last year of the War of 1812, great huzzahs rang out in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as the USS Washington slid down wooden stocks and slipped gently into the Piscataqua River. The launching of a large, new ship of the line was the occasion for patriotic celebrations and demonstrations of local pride. One spectator may well have been sixteen-year-old John Samuel Blunt, who apparently made sketches of the scene that he would later use to create his first large oil painting. Three months after the Washington was launched, British and American diplomats signed the Treaty of Ghent, officially ending America's war with Britain.
Maker
Attributed to Blunt, John S., 1798-1835 (Maker)
Date
1814-1815
Inscriptions
Hand lettered in white paint in the picture, on the ship's stern is: WASHINGTON [ship's name].
Location of origin
Portsmouth, NH, USA
Associated Building
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
American
canvas
Commemorative
commemoratives
Harbor
harbors
marines (visual works)
Maritime
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Seascape
Ship
ships
Shipyard
shipyards
United States of America
People and organizations
U.S.S. Washington
Dimensions
47.75 x 57 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1991.891
Credit Line
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
GUSN
2668

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