Boat on Sea

  • Edward Mitchell Bannister, Boat on Sea, n.d., oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of J. Wesley Johnson, 1983.95.89

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The sea was a favorite subject for Edward Mitchell Bannister, who had worked as a cook on a trading ship. In this peaceful view of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay, a popular subject for nineteenth-century American artists, he focused attention on the brilliant coastal light. Bannister was a deeply religious man who shared with many Americans of his time a belief that nature was an expression of God’s presence. In this scene the radiant light illuminates the bay to suggest a divine blessing. (Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection, 1998)

Title
Boat on Sea
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
5 1/8 x 8 in. (12.9 x 20.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of J. Wesley Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – boat
  • Landscape – water
  • Landscape – weather – cloud
  • Landscape – time – sunset
Object Number
1983.95.89
Palette
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