Ship in Storm

1828
Robert Salmon (English, 1775–1845 or after (active in the United States 1828–42))


Dimensions

36.19 x 50.48 cm (14 1/4 x 19 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.688

Medium or Technique

Oil on board

On View

Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)

Collections

Americas, Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Salmon painted this theatrical seascape in 1828 when he immigrated to the United States from England. Under a dramatic sky the distressed ship flounders in the strong waves and is in imminent danger of crashing into the rocks. The figures in the foreground are powerless in the face of nature’s fury. The theme of ships in danger was common in the seventeenth-century Dutch painting and could symbolize the precariousness of life’s journey.

Inscription

No 600/Painted by/Robert salmon/1828

Provenance

The artist; Nathaniel T. Dexter; to MFA, 2000, gift of the Nathaniel T. Dexter Fine Arts Trust.

Credit Line

Gift of the Nathaniel T. Dexter Fine Arts Trust