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19th Century Original Whaling Painting by Benjamin Russell, circa 1880

$3,850

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19th century original whaling painting by Benjamin Russell (New Bedford: 1804 - 1885), circa 1880, an oil on board intimate seascape with Yankee whale boat approaching a sperm whale, with whale ship in haze on horizon, signed lower left "B. Russell." Benjamin Russell was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1804 to a wealthy family. He spent a few years working as a cooper aboard a whaling ship sometime after he started drawing and painting in his late 30s. Russell also started making lithographs in 1848. While his style somewhat lacks depth and perspective, his depictions were known for their accurate eye-witness representation rather than their artistic value. Most of his work is perfectly to scale and his watercolors are some of the best views of the mid-19th century American whaling industry, before photography was available in the 1850s. The painting is in very good condition, but might benefit from a clean. The period walnut frame and gilt filet shows a few minor nicks and scrapes. Measures: 25 in High x 30-1/2 in wide Framed: 27-3/4 in High x 33-1/2 in wide.

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  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.75 in. (70.49 cm)Width: 33.50 in. (85.09 cm)Depth: 1.50 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Style
    Other (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Nantucket, MA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AD - 267-12 IRO1stDibs: LU903923522052

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