Shipwreck near a Rocky Coast

A work made of oil on canvas.

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Date:

1833

Artist:

Thomas Birch
American, born England, 1779–1851

About this artwork

Based in Philadelphia, Thomas Birch was a leading marine painter, who helped establish the genre in early 19th-century America. Shipwreck near a Rocky Coast is a romantic, imaginative composition that highlights human struggle against the forces of nature: the ship’s sails are torn, its masts lean to one side, and a tiny group of seafarers attempts to flee the disaster. Birch rendered the scene in dramatic detail, yet left the narrative unresolved.

On View

American Art, Gallery 171

Artist

Thomas Birch

Title

Shipwreck near a Rocky Coast

Origin

United States

Date

1833

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed at lower right: "T Birch 1833"

Dimensions

51.4 × 76.8 cm (20 1/4 × 30 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the family of Richard H. Daniel

Reference Number

2018.363

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