America and the Sea: Treasures from the Collections of Mystic Seaport

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Yale University Press, 2005 - Architecture - 159 pages

A stunning book that features highlights from Mystic Seaport, one of the finest maritime museums in the world

The history of America is largely a history of the sea. This marvelous book features a selection of more than two hundred of the finest objects from Mystic Seaport that tell the history of America and its maritime heritage. Presented with accessible texts and beautiful reproductions are masterpieces of maritime painting, exquisite photographs of classic yachts and powerboat races, and diverse prints and watercolors. Unique examples of American folk art--yarn paintings, reverse paintings on glass, sailors' valentines, shadowbox ship models, and ships in bottles--are also explored in detail, along with watercraft, scrimshaw, ship figureheads, and silver yachting trophies.

Essays written by distinguished experts describe the individual forms of expression, discuss the artists and craftsmen, and offer commentary on the ways in which America's maritime history is interwoven with its economic development and cultural history. Elegantly designed and lavishly produced, America and the Sea offers intriguing new evidence of the indisputable relevance of maritime history to American life and art.


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Maritime Paintings
Ship Models
The GW Blunt White Library
Daniel S Gregory Ships Plans Library
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Page 12 - River sloop headed down the bay, and, at center, a pettianger with a party of men and women on board, perhaps seeking recreation in what was normally a harbor workboat.
Page 12 - States, and strong economic connections with European ports, New York led all American seaports in foreign trade. In this painting...

About the author (2005)

Stephen S. Lash is chairman, Christie's America, and former chairman and current director of the New York City Landmarks Conservancy. Daniel Finamore is the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Nicholas Whitman is the former Curator of Photography at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr., is a professional ship-model maker. William Fowler is director of the Massachusetts Historical Society and consulting editor to The New England Quarterly. Michael McManus is author of A Treasury of American Scrimshaw and was Director of Exhibitions, Museum of American Folk Art, New York, 1986-90. Llewellyn Howland III is a trustee of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and was a founding fellow for Mystic Seaport's G. W. Blunt White Library. Ryan M. Cooper, a collector and dealer, is a leading historian on ship figureheads.

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