Sea History 075 - Autumn 1995

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"Jenny Lind departing Liverpool aboard the Collins Liner Atlantic, 1850 ," by Samuel Walters (/8ll-1882). Since Liverpool artists generally were commissioned to produce specific scenes , paintings occasionally document historical incidents ofbroader cultural interest. Unlike the more common storm , battle or disaster image , this work depicts the departure of the singer Jenny Lind, the "Swedish

Davidson, whose lifetime of scholarship pertaining to Liverpool 's marine artists is well-known. 2 The catalogue focuses on the imagery and symbolism of these paintings and the stylistic characteristics of each artist, providing insights for identifying and attributing unsigned Liverpool-school works. Full-color illustrations highlight the importance of these works as records of American trade and the evolution of Liverpool as a maritime entrepot. t

Nightingale," from Liverpool on Wednesday, 2 1 August 1850. Most likely commissioned by the line's owner, Edward Knight Collins , the painting shows the singer standing atop the starboard paddlebox to wave farewell to well-wishers as she departed for her famous tour of America sponsored by P. T. Barnum. Oil on canvas, 36" x 59", Peabody Essex Museum Collection.

Jenny Lind bids England farewell aboard one of the giant new steamers which soon replaced the sailing packets.

Mr. Finamore is the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. W ilmerding,John ,RobertSa/mon: Painter of Ship and Shore. Peabody Museum of Salem and Boston Public Library, 1971 , p. 89. 2 See Davidson , A. S., Marine Art & Liverpool: Painters, Places & Flag Codes, 17601960, Waine Research Publications, 1986; and Samuel Walters-Marine Artist: Fifty Years of Sea, Sail, & Steam, Jones-Sands Publishing, 1993. 1