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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Washington Allston, American (Georgetown, SC 1779 - 1843 Cambridge, MA)
Ship in a Squall
Other Titles
Former Title: Sea View: Ship in a Squall
Former Title: Ship at Sea in a Squall
Former Title: A Marine in Chalk
Former Title: Ship at Sea
Work Type
c. 1818-1837
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
White chalk on brown-toned primed canvas
122.2 x 152.4 cm (48 1/8 x 60 in.)
frame: 130.8 x 162.6 x 5.1 cm (51 1/2 x 64 x 2 in.)
To the artist's wife Martha Dana Allston at his death, 1843; to the Washington Allston Trust, 1862.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from The Washington Allston Trust
Object Number
European and American Art
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See also 8.1955.27 and 8.1955.36 for studies that Allston did in relation to this work.
Publication History

Jared B. Flagg, The Life and Letters of Washington Allston, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1892), ill. p. 403

Charles E. Slatkin and Regina Shoolman Slatkin, Treasury of American Drawings, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, NY, 1947), p. xi, pl. 26, ill.

Fogg Art Museum and Benjamin Rowland, Jr., Real and Ideal in American Art, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA, Summer 1948), cat. 7

Edgar P. Richardson, Washington Allston: A Study of the Romantic Artist in America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 1948), pp. 150, 213, no. 147, pl. LVIII

Thomas W. Leavitt, "The Disposition of the Washington Allston Trust", The Art Quarterly, Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Winter 1956), vol. XIX, no. 4, pp. 415-417, p. 416

Alexander Eliot, Three Hundred Years of American Painting, Time Inc. (New York, NY, 1957), ill. p. 43

Henri Dorra, The American Muse, Viking Press (New York, 1961), cover, ill. pp. 90-91

Sean Manley, Beaches: Their Lives, Legends, and Lore, Chilton Book Company (Philadelphia, 1968), ill. p. 245

Barbara Novak, American Painting of the Nineteenth Century, Praeger (New York, NY, 1969), pp. 59-60, fig. 2-17

Allan Grant, A Preface to Coleridge, Longman Publishers (London, 1972), ill. opp. p. 179

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 33, ill.

Elizabeth Johns, "Washington Allston's Library", The American Art Journal (November 1975), vol. VII, no. 2, pp. 32-41, pp. 32, 38, fig. 4

Roger B. Stein, Seascape and the American Imagination, exh. cat. (New York, NY, 1975), p. 27, p. 133, note 30

The Paintings of Washington Allston, exh. cat., Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL, 1975), pp. 8-10, ill. p. 48

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., American Master Drawings and Watercolors: A History of Works on Paper from Colonial Times to the Present, Harper & Row (New York, NY, 1976), p. 62, fig. 39

Barbara Novak, Robert Rosenblum, and John Wilmerding, The Natural Paradise: Painting in America 1800-1950, exh. cat., ed. Kynaston McShine, New York Graphic Society and The Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1976), ill. p. 133

Katharine Kuh, "American Drawings: A Salute", Saturday Review (March 5, 1977), pp. 43-45, p. 45

Elizabeth Johns, "Washington Allston: Method, Imagination and Reality", Winterthur Portfolio (Wilmington, DE, 1977), vol. 12, pp. 1-18, p. 14, 16, fig. 16

Clive Bush, The Dream of Reason: American Consciousness and Cultural Achievement from Independence to the Civil War, Edward Arnold Publishers, Ltd (London, 1977), pp. 328-329, fig. 62

Paul J. Karlstrom, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1978), pp. 52-53, fig. 39

William H. Gerdts and Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., "A Man of Genius": The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843), exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1979), pp. 149, 240-241, fig. 57

John Wilmerding, American Marine Painting, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1987), p. 41, fig. 34

Mary Ellen Turner, "John Blake White: An Introduction", Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (May 1990), vol XVI, no. 1, pp. 1-17, pp. 15-16, fig. 13

William W. Freehling, The Road to Disunion: Volume I, Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York and Oxford, 1990), p. 233, ill. p. 235

Nathalia Wright, ed., The Correspondence of Washington Allston, The University Press of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, 1993), pp. 404, 415, and ill, n.p.

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 (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 33, 64-65, cat. 19, ill.

Exhibition History

Real and Ideal in American Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/1948 - 09/01/1948

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

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