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


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.

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

about 1827–35


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

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Oil on canvas