Smugglers By Moonlight
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2010.545
People
Robert Salmon, American (Whitehaven, England c. 1775 - c. 1851 Cumberland, England)
Title
Smugglers by Moonlight
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1829
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on wood panel
Dimensions
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.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: R S 1829
  • inscription: on verso: "No. 607/Painted by Robert Salmon/1829"
Provenance
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.
Aquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Daniel A. Pollack, Class of 1960, American Art Acquisition Fund
Accession Year
2010
Object Number
2010.545
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

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

Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted