Naive Nautical Painting - Hero

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Naive Nautical Painting - Hero

Naïve painting of the steamship “Hero”, oil on board, unsigned.

The painting depicts the Hero in choppy seas, with one person raising the American flag and a second raising a “Hero” pennant. The ship is painted in considerable detail along with two sailing ships in the background. There are some small paint losses and drip marks. Nevertheless, this painting has a wonderful folk art appeal. The gold leaf frame is of the period but not original. 19th century, American.

The Hero depicted here may well be the ship that was built by the Venezuela Steam Transportation Company, a New York State corporation, in the 19th century.  In June, 1869, the Hero was sent to Port of Spain, Trinidad and subsequently established a regular run from that city to Ciudad Bolivar, on the Orinoco River in Venezuela. Two years later, the ship was seized by revolutionaries and used in their attempt  to overthrow the Venezuelan government. The Hero was eventually returned, but in a damaged condition. This prompted a lawsuit against  the government of Venezuela for damages, which the government refused to pay. What followed were many years of diplomatic wrangling that eventually escalated to involve the U.S. Congess and the President before an arbitration panel resolved the dispute.

Dimensions: 22½” x 19½”; Viewed Area: 19½” x 15½”    

Item No. 140045

Price: $1,275.


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