Franklin Stanwood 
Early Morning, New York Harbor, 1881
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American (1852-1888)

Oil on Board Dated 1881
7¾ x 10½ Inches
Signed LL: F. Stanwood 1881  
   

Franklin Stanwood 
 
American (1852-1888)
 
Early Morning, New York Harbor, 1881
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Oil on Board Dated 1881
7¾ x 10½ Inches
Signed LL: F. Stanwood 1881  
   

A partial view of the important American east coast harbor, it is likely that Franklin Stanwood conceptualized this work while onboard an arriving ship. Undoubtedly he saw many such mornings worldwide, working as a merchant sailor and a marine artist in search of subjects worthy of his talent.

Stanwood painted a morning glow with luminous qualities to the underside of the clouded sky, with its early light reflecting down to the water. This serves as a colorful framework for the early majesty of the New York City skyline. The buildings are given a suggestive depth with their shadowy silhouettes.

Daybreak finds the port bustling with marine activity. Four manned rowboats make their way to various destinations while several square-rigged ships and a brigantine rest at anchor. As three yachts trail her, a schooner with a red burgee is underway, her masts parallel to the towering church spire. A lone steam tug is nearly obscured in the morning mist at left. Stanwood has fashioned a fine lasting image of the late 19th century New York City and harbor.


Inscribed Verso: “Early Morning New York Harbor” Franklin Stanwood 1881"