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The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams"

ca. 1895 Antonio Jacobsen Born: Copenhagen, Denmark 1850 Died: West Hoboken, New Jersey 1921 oil on canvas 22 1/8 x 36 1/8 in. (56.2 x 91.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1966.83 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B


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Antonio Jacobsen spent his free time at New York’s harbor and along the Hudson River, painting pictures of vessels as small as tugboats and as large as transatlantic liners. A close look at this painting of the tugboat May McWilliams shows the captain in the top cabin at the front of the vessel and a single passenger at the rear. Harbor captains used tugboats as early as the 1700s to escort larger ships through narrow or complicated passages.

Keywords

Architecture - boat - May McWilliams

Travel - water - tugboat

Waterscape - sea

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Antonio Jacobsen

Born: Copenhagen, Denmark 1850 Died: West Hoboken, New Jersey 1921