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Robert Salmon
English/American
(1775-1858)

Robert Salmon
Beached for Repairs,
oil on panel, 8" x 10",
inscribed verso, "Painted by Robert Salmon 1814"
Born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, England. Lived in port towns of Maryport and Whitehaven. Visited Liverpool and ship-building town, Greenock, Scotland. Became marine painter. 1828, came to America on packet ship, "New York." Studio on Marine Railway Wharf. Lived in small hut among wharves of Boston Harbor. Painted between 300-400 paintings of the Harbor while it was growing. Paintings were in the style of 17th century Dutch genre painting.

Salmon's work was popular and collected by Bostonians Samuel Cabot, Robert Forbes, and J.P. Cushing. Founder of American Luminism. Influenced artists like Fitz Hugh Lane, William Bradford, A.T. Bricher, James Hamilton and William Haseltine.

In the collection of: Fine arts Museums of San Francisco, MH De Young; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Boston Athenaeum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Smith College Museum of Art; Peabody Essex Museum; Worcester Art Museum; Farnsworth Art Museum; Brooklyn Museum; and more.


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