Boston Harbor

  • Charles Manger, Boston Harbor, ca. 1860-1869, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. George Viault, 1970.183

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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.
Title
Boston Harbor
Artists
Date
ca. 1860-1869
On View
Dimensions
24 1/8 x 40 1/8 in. (61.2 x 102.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. George Viault

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Travel – water – ship
  • Landscape – Massachusetts – Boston
  • Waterscape – harbor – Boston Harbor
Object Number
1970.183
Palette
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