Painting of the Clipper Ship Mirage

The Mirage was built at West Hartlepool, England in 1855 by John Pile. It measured 180 feet long and 965 tons. Mirage was the first ship launched from Hartlepool, after John Pile had been asked to set up a shipyard there by Ralph Ward Jackson. It was commanded by Captain J. Roberts. Mirage was primarily involved in trade between England and China.
The painting by Thomas Dutton shows the Mirage entering the Mersey River off the coast of Anglesey, England. South Stack Lighthouse, Puffin Island, the Skerries, and Holyhead are visible.
Artist Thomas Goldsworthy Dutton was born in 1819. He is best known for his lithographs of shipping scenes, though he did create watercolor and oil paintings as well. In 1844 he was recorded as a lithographic artist and marine draftsman. He died in 1891.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1865
Dutton, Thomas G.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 24 in x 36 in; 60.96 cm x 91.44 cm
with frame: 28 1/4 in x 40 1/2 in; 71.755 cm x 102.87 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cigna Maritime Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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