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South Sea Whale Fishing I

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Inscription

Lower right: R S 1831; Reverse: No 718/Painted by R Salmon/1831

Provenance

1831, sold by the artist to Joseph Putnam Bradlee (1783-1838), Boston (original commission); 1838, by descent to his son, Josiah Putnam Bradlee (1817-1887), Boston; 1887, by descent to his nephew, Joseph Putnam Bradlee Henshaw, Boston; 1927, gift of Joseph P.B. Henshaw to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 2, 1927)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph P. B. Henshaw

1831

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

41.91 x 61.59 cm (16 1/2 x 24 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.356

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

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