Magazine article Sea Classics

Unseen Maritime Art

Magazine article Sea Classics

Unseen Maritime Art

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"Sketched at Sea" is the theme of a special exhibit featuring neverbefore-seen works from Salem's Peabody Essex Museum maritime collection - a selection of more than 60 marine sketchbooks, drawings, paintings and other works from the mid-18th to early 20th centuries.

The men and women who created these works came from a variety of backgrounds. They included travelers, mariners and professional artists who shared in the experience of using the sea as a source of inspiration.

This unusual and unique exhibit opened on 12 August and will enjoy a long run through 6 January 2008.

The sketchbooks by travelers are filled with drawings that are visual souvenirs of their journeys. While the artists were amateurs, their works are the most intimate and revealing. Robert Ellice's ink sketches of Xiamen (Amoy), China, from 1849 convey his admiration for the beauty of the port city and its surroundings.

The sketches by mariners zero in on two subjects of vital importance to seafarers - the ship and the shore. Many of these drawings were created to vividly record places for future voyages, and are impressive in their detail. When sketching the North African coastline, American Jacob Crowninshield practiced a form of drawing that was also used in published atlases of the time.

Gaston Liebert toured the world and recorded key landmarks of the shorelines he viewed. Liebert, a French Naval cadet, also drew with a keen eye any British warships he encountered - vessels he would have likely faced in combat if war had flared between France and England. …

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