James W. Williams 
Outward Bound
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Anglo-American (fl. 1823-1849)

Oil on Canvas Circa 1844
17.5 x 24.5 Inches  24 ¼ x 31 3/8 Inches Framed Framed
Signed: J.W. Williams  
   

James W. Williams 
 
Anglo-American (fl. 1823-1849)
 
Outward Bound
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Oil on Canvas Circa 1844
17.5 x 24.5 Inches  24 ¼ x 31 3/8 Inches Framed Framed
Signed: J.W. Williams  
   

There were very few American artists who focused upon marine subjects during this seminal period of American history, and even fewer outside the northeast coast. This factor adds considerably to the interest and value of this particular work, a rare document of the era and showing a unique locale. This oil on canvas depicts a British vessel leaving what we believe to be a port in the American south, very likely the port of New Orleans itself. With a view of the settlement beyond, a stone battlement guards the harbor mouth while a full-rigged ship sits at anchor, awaiting its next passage.