American, 1752-1845

The Ship "Mount Vernon" of Salem Engaging French Privateers

1799, tempera on canvas
18 x 24 in., frame: 21 3/4 x 27 1/2 in.

  • Provenance: Provenance: James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques; Private Collection, Beacon Hill, Boston.

    Hailing from Salem, Massachusetts, the ninety-nine foot Mount Vernon was captained by Elias Hasket Derby Jr. in 1798. Derby and a crew of 50 men embarked on multiple voyages seeking various profits and transporting passengers. Michele Felice Corne, one of the earliest marine artists working in America, was a paying passenger on the Mount Vernon just a year after her maiden voyage. Traveling from Naples, Italy to Massachusetts, Corne reportedly paid for his passage with a series of paintings of the ship, including this work and several others now in the Peabody Essex Museum.
  • Dimensions: 18 x 24 in., frame: 21 3/4 x 27 1/2 in.
  • Artist Name: Attributed to MICHELE FELICE CORNE
  • Medium: 1799, tempera on canvas

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