Sea History 086 - Autumn 1998

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MARINE ART NEWS Photographers of the Century Past Capture Poseidon

"In thy m ap secure1y s ail e "

Imagine an angry sea, photographed from a ship's upper deck du ring a hurricane off the Florida coast in 1935. Picture a l 9thcenru ry ship froze n in the Arctic C ircle, sur ro unded by icebergs. T hese images and others co me al ive in a p hotography exhibiti on at the Peabody Essex M useum, entitled "Capturing Poseidon: Photographic Enco unters with the Sea," 7 November 1998- 11 April 1999, featuring more than 100 images oflife at sea. "What's particularly com pelling about th e show, " says D an Finamore, C uraro r of Maritime Arts and History, "is the contrast between photographs take n by famo us photograp hers and images by amateurs. Yo u can see fi ne portraits of yach ts in carefully composed harbor scenes, contrasted with photos taken by a passenger in the midst of a squall or a sailor suspended high in the ship's rigging." A mari time photograp hy seminar will be held on Saturday, 14 November in co njun cti on with the exh ibi t. .:t Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem MA 01970-3783; 978 745-1876; web site:

Focusing on the New Wo rld as it was viewed by the British in the 1600s and 1700s, this exhibition of maps, atlases, charts and globes at the New York Public Library examines the ways in which maps and charts provided info rmati on on natu ral resources and settlements in the New Wo rld and reflected

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Chart ofye coast ofNew England and New York . . . London ljeremiah Seller & Charles Price}, 1703 (NYPL)

the expansion of the Bri tish empire across the globe. Nautical charts, manuals of instruction in the arts of compass use and oceanic navigation, as well as decorative maps fo r the commercial market are drawn from th e 600 maps, 100 atlases and 50 books donated to the Library's Map Division in 1997 by the estate of Lawrence H . Slaughter. T he nearly 100 items in the exhibit range from simple black-and-whi te illustrati ons of head lands to elabo rate maps engraved on copper plates, printed on handmade paper, and hand-colored to perfec tion. T he exhib it will be on view from 24 October 1998 to 20 March 1999. .:t The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, New York NY 10018; 2 12 2217676; web site: www.nypl. org

NEW EXHIBITS • American Merchant Marine Museum : mi d-Oct-November 1998, "Backwaters & Basins: Ships of the Working Warerfro m ," Paintings by Pere Eagleton (USMMA, Ki ngs Point NY 11024; 516 773-5515) • American Marine M odel Gallery, Inc. : 18-29 ovember, paintings by Ian Marshall fro m his book, Passage East (see lecture in forma ti on under Peabody Essex M useum, below) and models ofNavy and Mercham Ships ofWWl & WWI I (12 Derby Squ are, Salem MA 01970; 978 745-5777) • Independence Seaport Museum: fro m 17 September, "The Civil War Naval Scenes of Xanthus Smith" (21 1 South Colum bus Blvd., Philadelphia PA 19106-3199; 215 925-5439) • T he Mariners' M useum : 2 October 199810 January 1999, "Sil ver Sh ips on Calm Seas"; 24 October-30 March 1999, "Ski n D eep: The Arr of the Tattoo" (100 Museum Drive,

"SS Mo nga ra, Gibraltar, 1914"(14" x 21 "watercolor on Fabriano paper), by Ian Marshall will be exhibited at the American Marine Model Gallery with .. other images from his book Passage East.


Newport News VA 23606; 757 596-2222; web si re: www. marin er.o rg) • New York Public Library: 24 O ctober1 99820 March 1999, "In thy map securely saile": Maps, Atlases, Charts and Globes from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection (Map Division, 5th Avenue & 42nd Street, New York NY 10018; 2 12 22 1-7676; •Peabody Essex Museum: 7 N ovember 1998-11 April 1999, "Capturing Poseidon: Photographi c Encoumers with the Sea"; 14 Nove mber, M aritime Photograp hy Semin ar; 19 November, Arrisrlan Marshall will present a lectu re on his paimings fro m Passage East (see exhibi r inform ation under Ameri ca n Marine Model Gallery, above) (East India Square, Salem MA 0 1970-3783; 978 745- 1876) • San D iego Maritime M useum: from 20 June 1998, "The Models & Artwo rk of Racing Legend Dennis Co nner"


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