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Image of Down the Delaware Bay

Thomas Anshutz (aka Thomas Pollack Anshutz)
American, 1851–1912

Down the Delaware Bay

about 1897

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American, Pennsylvania
26 1/4 in. x 37 1/4 in. (66.68 cm x 94.62 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1964.0042

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

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Thomas Anshutz's travel to Europe in 1892 led him to move away from traditional academic approaches to painting and to explore the avenues of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. In the summer of 1897, he made a two month trip down the Delaware River, beginning in Millville, New Jersey and proceeding south. Anshutz painted and took many photographs along the Delaware which are now preserved in the Anshutz photographs collection of the Archives of American Art.

A letter to his wife includes a watercolor and pencil sketch of a boat out of water, and refers to the scene which was the source for the Museum's oil painting, Down the Delaware Bay. The sketch is comparable in the main element of the composition (the drydocked boat), however Anshutz has adapted it significantly, adding the dinghy in the foreground, omitting the figure in the sketch who is working on the side of the boat itself and adding the boat seen from the stern, as well as the suggestions of other vessels in the background. The location preserved in the sketch is also documented in a photograph now in the Archives of American Art.

American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 30, p. 92.

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