Kenneth Shoesmith, Cunard Line, Europe, America, 1929, color lithograph.
Gift of the estate of Francis B. C. Bradlee, 1928, M11215. © Peabody Essex Museum
On view May 20, 2017 to October 9, 2017
Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
From the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century, ocean liners were floating showcases of technology, opulence and social sophistication. As icons of modernity and aspirational living, artists, engineers, architects and passengers all vied for influence and access in the creation and enjoyment of these man-made islands at sea.
Ocean liners were intricately constructed pieces of culture — in the appearance of their design, the elegance of their engineering and the division of their social space — and each with its own distinct personality. Drawing from international institutions and private collections, the exhibition brings together nearly 200 works including paintings, sculpture, models, furniture, lighting, wall panels, textiles, fashion, photographs, posters and film. The exhibition is co-organized with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fiduciary Trust Company is the lead sponsor and Eaton Vance Management is a major sponsor. The exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support.
Media Partners: Art New England and WXRV
Dress, Jenny of Paris, about 1926.
Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Mrs. Sanford S. Clark, 1971, 132655. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.
Earl Christy, Design for a poster for the White Star Line and Moet & Chandon, about 1912.
Oil on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum, Museum purchase, 2014.13.1.
Goyard, Goyard luggage, Duchess of Windsor, about 1950.
Miottel Museum, Berkeley, California. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Luke Abiol.
‘Cunard Line USA’ poster featuring Berengaria, about 1925.
Color lithograph. Collection of Stephen S. Lash. Courtesy of Cunard. Photo by Stephen Petegorsky.
Bassett-Lowke LTD, Model of Queen Elizabeth, 1947–1948.
White mahogany, gunmetal, brass. Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Cunard Line Ltd., 1970, M14220. © 2016 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.