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Date
1916
Period
20th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
34 x 44 inches (unframed)
43 1/4 x 53 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Figures
Landscape
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1997.3.1
Accession No
97.3.1
Context
One of a cycle of six paintings depicting shipbuilding done during Bellows’ summer in Camden, it shows three men at work on a four-masted wooden ship. It was the first built under contract at the Robert L. Bean Yard, a revival supported by federal legislation during World War I. Bellows later wrote, “When I paint the great beginning of a ship, I feel the reverence the ship-builder has for his handiwork…I am filled with awe, and I am trying to paint as well as he builds, to paint my emotion about him.”

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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