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  • Under the Influence of Empire: Whistler’s Naval Review Etchings

    • Art

    James McNeill Whistler's Naval Review Etchings of 1887, their influences, and imperial implications.

  • William Henry Bartlett and his Steamship Adventures

    • Art
    • Collections

    William Henry Bartlett was a prolific artist who traveled the world to produce images for illustrated travel books from the late 1830s through the early 1850s. Learn more about the printed engravings of his artwork in the collection.

  • History is in the Details

    • Art
    • Collections

    The Mariners’ Museum and Park has thousands of prints in our collection, and one of my recent projects has been to catalog the prints and engravings from a German book titled Meyer’s Universe, or Illustration and Description of the Most Remarkable and Strangest Things in Nature and Art all over the World.

  • Privateering and the Battle of Groton Heights

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military Conflict

    During the American Revolution the Americans had a fledgling Navy, made up of the small fleets that each state could muster together. These ships were not able to match the well-trained, battle-hardened British Navy, so the Americans turned to privateers to help in the fight.

  • A Look at the Unknown and Hope for the Future: The Artwork of Shipyard and Museum Staff Artist Thomas C. Skinner

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Shipbuilding

    Thomas Catlett Skinner’s office was a loft overlooking the dry dock at the Newport News shipyard. Frequently he would gather his tools and wander through the yard, stopping to observe and document the many scenes unfolding before him. 

  • Art Reproductions Can Add Color To Your Home

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography

    When choosing an art reproduction, the choice of subject matter and color can determine the visual impression and mood your room will provide. Let’s see how some living spaces look when the color of the chosen art is an essential factor.

  • Rum, Buggery and the Lash

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Military

    For Pride Month, I wanted to think about the countless hundreds of unnamed gay and lesbian sailors who lived and worked on board Navy ships in the days before our rights were broadly recognized and respected. I owe them so much as an out and proud American citizen!

  • Come One, Come All and Witness The Amazing Tattooed Boy!

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography
  • The Death of an Attribution

    • Art
    • Collections

    What’s an attribution, you ask? It’s the act of ascribing an artwork to a particular artist (if the painting isn’t signed) or as a depiction of a particular event (if it isn’t specifically identified by the artist). To attribute a painting to an artist one must be very knowledgeable about the artist’s oeuvre. To make an attribution to an event one must be a VERY careful and detail-oriented researcher.

  • Amazing Women for International Women’s Day!

    • Art
    • Collections
    • Photography
    • Women's History

    Today is International Women’s Day! Recently, I learned the stories of a few amazing women in maritime history and I thought today would be a perfect day to introduce them to you.

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