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American School, Late 18th/Early 19th Century Portrait of the ship General Washington of Providence.

Auction:
2482
Lot:
195
Sold for:
$28,440$24,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 08, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

American School, Late 18th/Early 19th Century

Portrait of the ship General Washington of Providence. Unsigned, titled below. Watercolor on laid paper, 14 1/2 x 18 1/4 in., in a period walnut frame with gilt liner. Condition: Toning, stains, small tear l.l. border.

Note: According to Ships and Shipmasters of Old Providence, Providence Institution for Savings, 1919, the 1000 ton vessel General Washington was owned by John Brown, a wealthy Providence, Rhode Island merchant. She was the first ship out of Providence to clear that port for the East Indies on December 24, 1781 arriving at Canton October 28, 1788. She was not only one of the first Rhode Island vessels in Chinese waters but one of the first American ships that reached the far East. She later traveled to India and Russia and was sold at auction in Providence in late 1803 and was thereafter used in coastal trading.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Keywords

John Brown, American School, Rhode Island, Providence Institution for Savings, Indies, East Indies, far East, India, Providence Station

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