The "Flying Cloud" Lying Off Whampoa

June 1854
Edward Meyer Kern (American, 1823–1863)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 452


Sheet: 25.3 x 29.4 cm (9 15/16 x 11 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and ink and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Three masted ship, starboard side, with an American flag flying off its stern. Small single massed sailboat before it, and a barrel floating in the water in the foreground.


Inscribed in pen and ink lower left: Sketch of Am. Clipper / "Flying Cloud" / Laying off Whampoa. / June /54; lower center: Kern delt.


Given by the artist to Captain William Brenton Boggs, the Ringgold-Rodgers Expedition's purser; bought from Bogg's granddaughter by Maxim Karolik. Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA November 12, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875