The Ocean-Going Tug "May McWilliams"
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
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B
Luce Center Label
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.
Architecture - boat - May McWilliams
Travel - water - tugboat
Waterscape - sea
paint - oil
fabric - canvas