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"Mermaid Salem"

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West fully documented this ship by incorporating multiple viewpoints. The vessel seems to be parallel to the picture plane, and the mermaid figurehead on the prow is seen in profile. However, the back of the ship is shown in a three-quarter view, most likely to make visible the mermaid figures...

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Inscription

Inscribed along bottom edge: —MERMAID—SALEM.—

Provenance

The artist; Charles Hitchcock Tyler; to MFA, 1933, bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler

1840s

Dimensions

54.61 x 71.12 cm (21 1/2 x 28 in.)

Accession Number

33.383

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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