Nautical painting of the U.S.S. Plymouth, o/c, by James Fulton Pringle, (1788-1847). The painting is in very good condition, having been professionally cleaned and conserved. It has been relined with extremely minor inpainting as viewed under black light. The painting is signed in the lower right, “J.F. Pringle/1847”.
James Pringle was born in England and came to the United States about 1830. He served in the Navy during the War of 1812, traveled extensively until 1828, and then lived the remainder of his life Brooklyn. He became a member of the National Academy of Design, where he frequently exhibited. Pringle's paintings of ships and ship building activities are significant in American genre painting that was so popular during the 19th century. New York City was the center of the shipbuilding industry during his lifetime, and his paintings are valuable records of the clipper ship era. His paintings are very detailed with figures and objects sharply defined.
Pringle's paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the National Maritime Museum, the New York Historical Society and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
The USS Plymouth, a sloop of war, was the first ship to be named after Plymouth, MA. Built in Boston in 1844, she saw extensive service in the Atlantic, in European waters and in the Orient, and was part of Admiral Matthew Perry's expedition to Japan. She later became a training ship for midshipmen. The Plymouth was at the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs when Virginia seceded from the Union, and she was burned and scuttled there in April, 1861 to prevent her from falling into Confederate hands.
Provenance: The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Dimensions: 28.75" x 20.75"; Viewed Area: 23.5" x 15.5"
Item No. 190244