ROBERT SALMON (American/Scottish, 1775-ca. 1848) OUTWARD BOUND, LONG ISLAND HEAD, BOSTON HARBOR.
Outstanding oil on wood panel shows a 3-mast ship with part sails up, sailing away from viewer flying American flag. Many people are seen on deck with 2 crew members up on rigging. Several other smaller boats are coming and going past a grass topped sandy cliff. All under a pink highlighted white/gray cloud sky with glimpses of blue. Signed bottom right “R.S. 1832”. Housed in a gesso decorated gilt frame with gilt liner, retaining a Vallejo Gallery label to verso. On verso of panel is written “No. 760 Painted by R. Salmon 1832”, also 2 old pen written taped paper inscriptions. NOTE: Previous owner’s research indicates that the ship may be the “Packet Lintin” that carried Captain Robert Bennet Forbes to China on his first voyage in 1829. The ship is seen heading out through Broad Sound Channel between Long Island Head and Deer Island. Lovell’s Island appears low on the ships port bow. Captain Forbes was one of Boston’s premier merchants and the original purchaser of this painting and he also commissioned several others. EXHIBITED: The Seventh Exhibition of Paintings. Athenaeum Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1833: Long Island Head, Number 25. American Section of the Art Exposition of Chile in 1910. Number 23 (Reference incomplete) See label, in Spanish on reverse of the painting, translation of which reads; “#23. R. Salmon, a marine painter. His works are very scarce”. CATALOGED: The artist’s account book; No. 760. 2 ½ day. 15 ½ by 13. Ship going out upright, with Long Island Head. To Mr. Forbes. Sold in the Athenaeum. 35 dol. ILLUSTRATED: Letters From China. The Canton-Boston Correspondence of Robert Bennett Forbes, 1838-1840 by Phyllis Forbes Kerr, Mystic Seaport Museum, 1996. Pages 18-19. SIZE: 15-1/2″ x 13″. Overall 21-3/4″ x 19-1/2″. PROVENANCE: Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, Boston; Admiral Simpson (Chilean Navy); Alvaro Casanova (Chilean Artist); Ambassador Claude G. Bowers (Chile); Private Collection, Florida; Private Collection, New York; Private Collection, California; Private Collection, Ohio; Vallejo Gallery Newport Beach CA.; Private Maine/Texas Collector. CONDITION: Inpainting to horizontal crack, minor touchup elsewhere, very good. 50012-54 (20,000-40,000) – Lot 2023
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