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The Coast & the SeaMarine and Maritime Art in America: At the New-York Historical Society

Published by GILES in association with the New-York Historical Society

Add to Cart US$29.95

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 104 pages, 229 × 229 mm (9 × 9 in)

Illustrations — 60 colour

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£19.95/US$29.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-31-1

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Sales Points

"Would be a suitable reference piece for anyone researching American marine or maritime paintings”–ARLIS/NA Reviews

"Well researched and documented with a select bibliography. Explanations of the marine scenes are succinct yet vivid; the prose is fluid and often poetic"–Judith Bonner, Enfilade

“…a joy to hold…The book makes history come alive..well-researched, clearly written…a charming addition to your maritime/marine library…”–Maine Antique Digest

A colourful volume which will appeal to sea dogs and landlubbers alike!

Accompanies a travelling exhibition, opening at the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, January 25–March 9, 2014; The Baker Museum of Art, Naples, FL, April 19–July 6, 2014; Portland Museum of Art, Porland, ME, January–May, 2015; The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT, May 9–July 12, 2015; The New York State Museum, Albany, NY, October 24, 2015– February 22, 2016.

About the Book

An appealing and accessible book, presenting over 50 of the best American marine paintings and artifacts from the New-York Historical Society’s impressive maritime art collection. With works from 1750 to 1940, and eminent marine artists like Thomas Birch, John Frederick Kensett and Charlton T. Chapman, highlights include large format canvasses of famous sea battles, ships at work, and portraits of heroic sea captains and pioneering merchants, like the aptly named Preserved Fish of New York. There are also maritime themed objects such as an engraved whale’s tooth from the late 19th century, an octant from 1840, and a silver presentation urn commemorating acts of bravery from the War of 1812.

An essay by curator Linda S. Ferber’s places the works within their wider historical and cultural narrative. The works are then arranged thematically rather than by artist or period; there is for example a chapter on the Anglo-Dutch tradition in American marine art: the War of 1812 with its great sea battles and heroes and romantic and idealized visions of the sea. A section on the merchant marine and maritime trade features paintings of major trading posts in and around the Pearl River Delta, including Hong Kong; some of these paintings were by a group of Chinese artists working in theEuropean style specifically for the export market. There are views of the Hudson River and the great Port of New York, as well as Gilded Age nostalgia for the great age of sail, with its clipper ships and majestic wind-jammers.

About the Author(s)

Linda S. Ferber is Senior Art Historian, the New-York Historical Society.