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18th century Unidentified (French) oil on canvas sight 12 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (32.4 x 46.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum acquisition 1978.43 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 11A

Luce Center Label

An unknown artist painted this image of an Italian port in the eighteenth century. Many American artists traveled to Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to learn from the old-master paintings in the museums of Paris, London, and Rome. British and American clients bought images of distant landscapes and figures, and even artists who couldn’t afford to make the trip would copy the engravings and paintings of those who did.


Architecture Exterior - lighthouse

Architecture - boat - sailing ship

Figure group

Occupation - industry - fishing

Waterscape - coast

Waterscape - harbor


paint - oil

fabric - canvas