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New Ways on Banquereau, 1981 (detail)

Russell W. Knight Department of Maritime Art and History

PEM's internationally renowned maritime holdings communicate personal and collective experiences of the sea during the formative times of the modern world. By their very nature, these works cross geographic, cultural and traditional disciplinary boundaries in ways that broaden perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of the individual within our world of infinite global connections.

The extremely diverse collection area dates to the genesis of the institution - the formation of the East India Marine Society in 1799. More than two centuries of collecting have produced the finest and most comprehensive assemblage of art and objects relating to the sea in the country, including grand gold-framed oil paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments and ship and yacht plans. Particular strengths lie in marine painting, works on paper and ship carving from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.

 

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Tatara, ca. 1974

Tatara, ca. 1974

Unidentified Yami Builder
Botel Tobago Island, Taiwan

Gift of D. Carleton Gajdusek, M.D.

Accession Number: E52204
Naval Engagement of July 7-8th, 1777; 1779

Naval Engagement of July 7-8th, 1777; 1779

Francis Holman (1729-1784)
British
Oil on canvas
26” x 40” (66.04 x 101.60 cm)

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: M16453
Iron Helmet and Breast & Back plate used in Gioco del Pante of 1807

Iron Helmet and Breast & Back plate used in Gioco del Pante of 1807

Unidentified Artist
Pisa, Italy
Iron
Accession Number: FIC1866.2

Iron Helmet (Morione) and Breast & Back plate (Petto & Schiene) used in Gioco del Pante of 1807; Brought back from Italy by Capt. Samuel Tucker in 1807

USS Vincennes in Disappointment Bay, after 1845

USS Vincennes in Disappointment Bay, after 1845

Attributed to Capt. Charles Wilkes (1798-1877)
America
Oil on canvas
23 ½ x 35 ½ inches (59.7 x 90.2 cm)

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: M265
Panorama of a Whaling Voyage, ca. 1860

Panorama of a Whaling Voyage, ca. 1860

Thomas F. Davidson (?? –1921)
America
Oil on Muslin
13 ¼”x 34’ (33.655 x 1036.32 cm)

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: M4197


Syracuse, 1857

Syracuse, 1857

James Bard (1815-1897)
America
Oil on canvas
29 ¼ x 51 ¼ inches (74.295 x 130.175 cm)

Gift of F. B. C. Bradlee

Accession Number: M4266

Royal Presentation Octant, ca. 1786

Royal Presentation Octant, ca. 1786

Magnie a Dunkerque
France
Brass

Gift of Strafford Morss.

Accession Number: M10975
Dreadnought, ca. 1853

Dreadnought, ca. 1853

James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894)
British/American
Oil on canvas
28 ½ x 35 ½ inches (72.39 x 90.17 cm)

Museum purchase.

Accession Number: M11195
Southern Cross leaving Boston Harbor, 1851

Southern Cross leaving Boston Harbor, 1851

Fitz Hugh Lane (1804-1865)
America
Oil on canvas
25 ¼ x 38 inches (64.135 x 96.52 cm)

Gift of Stephen Wheatland.

Accession Number: M18639
Water Witch, Ship, ca. 1853

Water Witch, Ship, ca. 1853

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)
British/American
Oil on canvas
28 ½ x 35 ½ inches (72.39 x 90.17 cm)

Estate of James and John Phelps.

Accession Number: M6338
Pair of Vases, ca. 1817

Pair of Vases, ca. 1817

Attributed to Pierre Louis Dagoty (1771-1840)
France
Porcelain

Museum Purchase.

Accession Number: M27413
Panorama of a Whaling Voyage, ca. 1860

Panorama of a Whaling Voyage, ca. 1860

Thomas F. Davidson (?? –1921)
America
Oil on Muslin

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: M4197
Ship Ulysses of Salem with Captain Cook cast away on Cape Cod

Ship Ulysses of Salem with Captain Cook cast away on Cape Cod

Michele Felice Corne (1753-1845)
America
Gouche
16 x 14 inches (40.64 x 35.56 cm)

Gift of Augustus P. Loring, Jr.

Accession Number: M5923
Female Figurehead, ca. 1805

Female Figurehead, ca. 1805

Attributed to Simeon Skillin, Jr. (1756?-1806)
American
Wood and Paint
H: 29 x W: 17 x D: 14 in (73.64 x 43.18 x 35.56 cm)

Museum purchase.

Accession Number: M27185
On board ship Caroline Augusta, Scrimshawed Tooth, 1848

On board ship Caroline Augusta, Scrimshawed Tooth, 1848

J. B. Walton (FL. 1848-1849)
Wood, Ivory, Baleen, Mother-of-Pearl, Blacking

Gift of Augusta Creamer.

Accession Number: M1834
Ramble, in the Pearl River, China

Ramble, in the Pearl River, China

Attributed to Robert Salmon (1775-1845)
Scottish/American
Oil on canvas
26 x 36 inches (66.04 x 91.44 cm)

Gift of Charles H. Taylor.

Accession Number: M4686
New Ways on Banquereau, 1981

New Ways on Banquereau, 1981

Thomas M. Hoyne (1923-1989)
Chicago, Ill.
Oil on panel

Gift of Russel W. Knight

Accession Number: M19032
Sketch of carvings for Ship Le Tonnant, 1746

Sketch of carvings for Ship Le Tonnant, 1746

Boumet
France
Pen and Ink
21 x 15 ½ inches (53.34 x 39.37 cm)

Museum Purchase.

Accession Number: M10430
Columbia River Manuscript Chart, 1812-1818

Columbia River Manuscript Chart, 1812-1818

Unidentified Artist
Northwest coast, United States
Ink and wash on paper

Gift of Mrs. Francis N. Chapman.

Accession Number: M4464a
Aquitania, Cunard Line. Europe-America, 1929

Aquitania, Cunard Line. Europe-America, 1929

Kenneth D. Shoesmith (1890-1939), published by Thos. Forman & Sons
British
Colored Advertising Poster

Bequest of F. B. C. Bradlee.

Accession Number: M11215
The Famous Four, Hamburg America Line, 1920s

The Famous Four, Hamburg America Line, 1920s

Unidentified Artist
Ink on paper
32.5” x 23” (82.5 x 58.4 cm)

Gift of Stephen S. Lash.

Accession Number: M27780
Derby Wharf, 1840-50

Derby Wharf, 1840-50

Philip Little (1857-1942)
American
Oil on canvas
33.5” x 40.5” (85.1 x 102.9 cm)

Gift of Philip Little

Accession Number: M3164
The sea and land monsters that are found in many northern places, 1552-1565 Wood

The sea and land monsters that are found in many northern places, 1552-1565 Wood

Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571)
Germany
Wood, Paper and Ink
10.2” x 13.5” (25.8 x 34.3 cm)

Gift of Francis B. Lothrop.

Accession Number: M21936
The Day's Catch, 1907

The Day's Catch, 1907

Henry J. Peck (1880-1964)
American
Oil on canvas
35.75” x 25.75” (90.8 x 65.4 cm)

Gift of Russell W. Knight.

Accession Number: M26419
L’Astrolabe and la Zelee in the Torres Straight, ca. 1856

L’Astrolabe and la Zelee in the Torres Straight, ca. 1856

Louis Le Breton (1818-1866)
France
Oil on canvas
49” x 80.5” (124.4 x 204.4 cm)

Museum purchase.

Accession Number: M10920
Model of Fijian Double Canoe (Waga Drua), ca. 1830

Model of Fijian Double Canoe (Waga Drua), ca. 1830

Unidentified artist
Fiji
Wood, Cordage, Bamboo
H: 32 x W: 45 x D: 16 inches (81.28 x 114.30 x 40.64 cm)

Gift of Captain Thomas C. Dunn.

Accession Number: E5039
Seiners, 1920

Seiners, 1920

William Meyerowitz (1898-1981)
American
Watercolor and gouache
19.75” x 22.75” (50.1 x 57.8 cm)

Gift of Russell W. Knight.

Accession Number: M20458
S.S. Titanic, for Coney Island’s Titanic Disaster Attraction, 1914

S.S. Titanic, for Coney Island’s Titanic Disaster Attraction, 1914

Unidentified Artist
America
Colored Advertising Poster
38 x 25 ½ inches (96.52 x 64.13 cm)

Bequest of F. B. C. Bradlee.

Accession Number: M11210
At The Wheel, 1905

At The Wheel, 1905

Clifford Warren Ashley (1881-1947)
America
Pencil drawing
11.25” x 7.5” (28.5 x 19.0 cm)

Gift of Mr. John Monks.

Accession Number: M8969
Chelsea Creek, 1832

Chelsea Creek, 1832

Robert Salmon (1775-1845)
Scottish/American
Oil on wood
19.25” x 27” (48.8 x 68.5 cm)

Gift of Gift of heirs of Albert Davis Bosson and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, 1983.

Accession Number: M11007
American Frigate Entering a French Port, ca. 1805

American Frigate Entering a French Port, ca. 1805

Ange-Joseph Antoine Roux (1765-1835)
France
Watercolor and Gouache
18” x 24” (45.7 x 60.9 cm)

Gift of Henry S. Streeter.

Accession Number: M12303
The Midshipman’s Birth, early 1800s

The Midshipman’s Birth, early 1800s

Attributed to G. DeBerenger
French
Oil on canvas

Museum Purchase.

Accession Number: M27458
Grandee Figurehead

Grandee Figurehead

Unidentified Artist
Portsmouth, NH
Wood
96” tall (243.84 cm)

Gift of Mrs. David Little.

Accession Number: M2968
East Indiaman, Calcutta harbor, 1794

East Indiaman, Calcutta harbor, 1794

Frans Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824)
Belgian
Oil on canvas
24” x 47” (60.96 x 119.38 cm)

Museum Purchase.

Accession Number: M13461
Ship Monterey of Boston. Entering the Port of Genoa May 9th, 1851

Ship Monterey of Boston. Entering the Port of Genoa May 9th, 1851

Unidentified Artist
Oil on canvas
35” x 35.5” (88.90 x 90.17 cm)

Gift of the Monks Collection.

Accession Number: M5498
Speaking Trumpet belonging to Capt. Josiah Cressy

Speaking Trumpet belonging to Capt. Josiah Cressy

Unidentified Artist
Brass
Accession Number: M6110