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Boston Harbor

ca. 1860-1869 Charles Manger oil on canvas 24 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (61.2 x 102.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. George Viault 1970.183 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B

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In this painting of Boston Harbor in the 1860s, a ship carrying a passenger sits in the center, while an assortment of seafaring vessels dots the hazy horizon. In the foreground, birds fly low among waves that reflect the colors of the sky. Manger’s use of glowing light and smooth brushstrokes was a popular approach among American landscape painters at the time. This work was completed around the time of the American Civil War when Boston Harbor served as a training camp and coastal defense for the Union army.


Landscape - Massachusetts - Boston

Travel - water - ship

Waterscape - harbor - Boston Harbor


paint - oil

fabric - canvas