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A native of Charleston, South Carolina, James Hamilton Shegogue traveled and received artistic training in Europe as a youth. During his lengthy professional career, spent mainly in New York, he produced portraits and landscapes, as well as historical and genre paintings. Shegogue exhibited at the American Academy in 1833 and was an associate ... MORE

This rendering of the steamship Isabel, which had a maritime career from 1848 to 1863, is a highly evocative representation of the maritime history of antebellum South Carolina and the Confederate States of America. Believed to have been painted around the year 1855 by Joseph B. Smith and his artist-son, William S. Smith, this work of art ... MORE

An important figure in the Hudson River School, William Sonntag created dramatic landscapes that extolled the grandeur of the American outdoors. Born near Pittsburgh, Sonntag undertook formal training at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts under Godfrey Frankenstein in the 1840s. He subsequently established a studio in that ... MORE

Scottish-born Alexander Charles Stuart was an accomplished ship portrait and marine painter who worked primarily on navy bases and shipyards along the Delaware River, as well as in Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. In an 1896 account of his life, Stuart recorded that he had grown up in Glasgow, then a major shipbuilding city, and studied ... MORE