Full-Rigged Clipper ShipsMade in United States, North and Central America
Artist/maker unknown, American
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
1981-1-2Gift of the estate of Edgar W. and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1981
LabelThe mid-nineteenth century was the era of the clipper ships, admired for their speed, contribution to commerce, and the grace of their rigging and sails. Both self-taught and formally trained artists responded to the demand for images of these vessels. In this painting the artist is less interested in correct perspective or modeling than with the sharp delineation of all of the scene's elements--sails, rigging, waves, and clouds.