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New York Harbor

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Birch immigrated to Philadelphia at the age of fifteen. He became known for marine and battle paintings and created views of many harbors along the eastern seaboard. Here, several New York landmarks are visible in the background, including Castle Williams, a circular fort on Governor's Island,...

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Inscription

Reverse, before relining: New York/T. Birch/Phila.

Provenance

The artist; Cornelius Michaelson, New York; with I. Podgoursky, New York; with Charles D. Childs, Boston, 1938; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

about 1827–35

Dimensions

51.43 x 77.15 cm (20 1/4 x 30 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

47.1181

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Americas

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