Smugglers by Moonlight

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American (Whitehaven, England c. 1775 - c. 1851 Cumberland, England)
Smugglers by Moonlight, 1829
19th century
Oil on wood panel
24.2 x 31.1 cm (9 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.)
framed: 35.6 x 42.3 cm (14 x 16 5/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Daniel A. Pollack, Class of 1960, American Art Acquisition Fund
, 2010.545
Department of American Paintings, Sculpture & Decorative Arts
signed: l.r.: R S 1829
inscription: on verso: "No. 607/Painted by Robert Salmon/1829"
Purchased from the artist by Thomas H. Perkins, Boston, MA, at Boston Athenaeum sale (no. 167), 1829; descended in the Perkins family to 2010; purchased from Skinner, Inc, Boston, MA, (lot 383) September 24, 2010.
John Wilmerding, Robert Salmon: Painter of Ship and Shore, Peabody Essex Museum and Boston Public Library (Boston, MA, 1971), p. 90

Robert F. Perkins, Jr. and William J. Gavin, III, The Boston Athenaeum Art Exhibition Index: 1827-1874, The Boston Athenaeum (1980), p. 124

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), p. 425, cat. 388, ill.

Exhibition History
Unidentified Exhibition, Boston Athenaeum, 1829, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1829 - 12/31/1829, 167
Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012