Coastal Scene with Ships on Ocean

by Thomas Birch (1779–1851)
Oil on canvas
15⅜ x 21 15/16 inches
Signed lower left: T. Birch



Sale, Jacksons Auction and Real Estate Company, Indianapolis, Indiana, November 19, 2017, lot 9

Private collection, New York, New York

Related Works 

Seascape, 1831, oil on canvas, 17¼ x 27⅝ inches, signed and dated lower left: Thos Birch / 1831; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Ship in a Storm, 1841, oil on canvas, 18 x 27⅛ inches, signed and dated at lower left: T. Birch / 1841; New-York Historical Society, New York

Artist Biography

Popular American portrait and marine painter, especially in Philadelphia.

By Tiffany Win

A pioneer in landscape and marine painting, Thomas Birch is considered to be the first American ship portraitist.

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I. Biography

Thomas Birch was born in 1779 in Warwickshire, England. At fifteen-years-old, he moved to

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