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Marine Paintings
The City Museum’s first-rate marine paintings collection features nearly 300 works: seascapes in oil, watercolor, and gouache. It includes paintings by celebrated artists such as James Buttersworth, James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen, and Fred Pansing, and superb single examples by Fitz Hugh Lane, Samuel Walters, and John Tudgay. New York’s greatness as a city is solidly based on its seafaring past, and these paintings vividly document that illustrious history, from naval celebrations, to the sporting yachts, packets, and steamships that were once ubiquitous in New York’s Harbor and rivers. The paintings online were recently conserved with generous support from the J. Aron Charitable Foundation.
"Sylvan Dell"

"Sylvan Dell"

The ship depicted here is the "Sylvan Dell" (1872-1919) which was built in 1872 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn....

Castle Garden

Castle Garden

The painting depicts a fort on an artificial stone island with waves crashing in the front and boats...

Hell Gate

Hell Gate

The image depicts the area where the East River, Harlem River and Long Island Sound meet called Hell...

Sampson and Schley Leading the Fleet into  N.Y. Harbor, August 20, 1898

Sampson and Schley Leading the Fleet into N.Y. Harbor, August 20, 1898

The naval parade, which traveled north from the Narrows through New York Harbor, celebrated victory over...

"Mary Powell"

"Mary Powell"

This painting depicts the "Mary Powell" sometimes called "the Queen of the Hudson" which was one of the...

"James W. Baldwin"

"James W. Baldwin"

This painting depicts the "James W. Baldwin", a side paddle wheel steamboat which was built in Jersey...

View from Staten Island to Sandy Hook

View from Staten Island to Sandy Hook

The scene depicts a few men pushing a rowboat out into the water off the coast of Staten Island.

Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty)

Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World (The Unveiling of the Statue of Liberty)

The scene shows the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty on Oct. 28, 1886 with several boats filled with...

View of the Hudson River

View of the Hudson River

This waterfront view from approximately 135th St. in Manhattanville shows a few people gathered near...

"William Bayles"

"William Bayles"

This detailed view of the "William Bayles", a 67 ton schooner, shows the boat on the Hudson River where...

Erie Canal Celebration, New York

Erie Canal Celebration, New York

This painting depicts the celebration of the opening of the Erie Canal, an engineering feat in 1825,...

Yachting in New York Harbor

Yachting in New York Harbor

This painting depicts a sailboat cruising through the harbor and surrounded by other boats. Castle Garden...

View of New York Harbor from the Battery

View of New York Harbor from the Battery

This calm New York Harbor scene from the Battery shows Staten Island in the background and Castle Williams...

Scene on the East River with the Ferry "Queens"

Scene on the East River with the Ferry "Queens"

This scene depicts the ferry "Queens", one of four double-ended boats active on the route between 34th...

New-York from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn

New-York from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn

This panoramic view of the harbor shows the variety of vessels popular at the time, with Governor's Island...

"Corsair"

"Corsair"

This painting depicts J.P. Morgan's yacht "The Corsair."

Yacht Race off Fort Wadsworth

Yacht Race off Fort Wadsworth

This painting depicts a yacht race in New York's Upper Bay, looking south towards the Narrows and Fort...

Black Cross Line Packet, The "Palestine"

Black Cross Line Packet, The "Palestine"

This painting depicts the ship "Palestine," built for the Black Cross Line of packet (meaning regularly...

"Montreal", Black X Line

"Montreal", Black X Line

This painting depicts the ship "Montreal' which was built in 1833 by Christian Bergh (N.Y.) for the Black...

"Southampton"  Black X Line

"Southampton" Black X Line

This painting depicts the "Southampton" which is a Black X Line ship that was used from 1849-65.

Fort Lafayette

Fort Lafayette

This painting depicts Fort Lafayette which stood on the Brooklyn side of the Narrows near where the Verrazano...

"Onteora"

"Onteora"

Side wheel steamer "Onteora" on the Hudson River with Storm King Mountain in the background.

Nocturne: Long Island Sound

Nocturne: Long Island Sound


"Titania" Winning the Goelet Cup for Sloops

"Titania" Winning the Goelet Cup for Sloops

The yacht "Titania" winning the Goelet Cup, 1889.

"Sweepstakes"

"Sweepstakes"

The painting depicts the clipper ship "Sweepstakes" which was built in the New York yard of Jacob A....

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The City Museum's Paintings collection contains marine paintings, cityscapes, architectural renderings, and portraits in oil, watercolor, and gouache. It includes paintings by celebrated artists such as James Buttersworth, James Bard, Alexander Jackson Davis, Nicolino...

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