Elisha Taylor Baker
Elisha Taylor Baker was a distinguished marine painter known for his meticulous depictions of ships, yachts, and steamboats. Born in New York, Baker worked with his family in the whaling ports of Connecticut before deciding to become an artist. He established a studio in New York City in 1868 and traveled throughout New England, painting its choppy seacoasts, quiet rivers, and sunlit harbors. His best paintings feature luminous effects culled from the work of marine painters like Fitz Hugh Lane and William Bradford. Baker’s paintings can now be seen in the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, the Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Mariners Museum in Virginia, among other institutions.