Tugboat "John Birkbeck"
Oil on canvas
canvas: 29 7/8 x 50 x 7/8 in. ( 75.9 x 127 x 2.2 cm ) frame: 35 x 54 3/4 in. ( 88.9 x 139.1 cm )
signature and date: LR: DRAWN & PAINTED BY JAMES BARD, N.Y., JAN. 1858 / 162 PERRY ST.
Other versions of this painting by Bard are in the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Built in 1854 in Athens, New York, the John Birkbeck operated around New York harbor. Later named the J.G. Emmons, the boat was used by the Immigration Service between Ellis Island and Jersey City until about 1912.
Gift of Samuel Verplanck Hoffman
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