Painting of Sailing Ship Patriarch

Patriarch was built by W. Hood in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1869. It was an Australian wool carrier measuring 222 feet 1 inch in length, 38 feet 1 inch in beam, 22 feet 3 inches in depth of hold, and weighed 1,339 tons.
The ship sailed for G. Thompson's White Star Line, founded in 1825. Patriarch was the first iron clipper built for the line. They also owned Thermopylae, considered one of the fastest clipper ships ever. In 1898 Patriarch was sold to a Norwegian owner, G. Manson of Stavanger; in the same year it was sold again to Alexander Bech. The ship wrecked in 1912 off of Cape Corrientes, Cuba. This painting by British artist Eric Tufnell (1888-1978) shows Patriarch under full sail.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
ca 1962
Tufnell, E.
Physical Description
watercolor on paper (overall material)
without frame: 14 1/2 in x 20 1/2 in; 36.83 cm x 52.07 cm
with frame: 21 1/2 in x 29 in; 54.61 cm x 73.66 cm
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accession number
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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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