Painting of Sailing Ship Emma F. Harriman


The Emma F. Harriman was built in 1862 by Elisha Dunbar in Searsport, Maine. It measured 120 feet long and 436 tons. It was first commanded by Fred D. Harriman, and was later renamed Leslie D. The ship was owned by Henry McGilvry from 1862-1877; Mansfield & Roberts in 1879; A.W. Moore from 1886-1890, and C. J. Jorgenson in 1890.

This painting by Charles Rollo Peters is a front view of the Emma F. Harriman. There are men in the rigging, and the boat is under full sail. There is some question as to what is original about the painting as it was heavily repainted. Red and green running lights, and the way the dinghy is hung over the side of the ship are all signs of additions not true of the 1886 time period.

Artist Charles Rollo Peters was born in California in 1862. He studied at the School of Design in San Francisco, tutored privately by Jules Tavernier. Peters moved to Europe and studied at the Ecole des Beaux arts and the Academie Julian in Paris. Peters moved back to California in 1890 and lived on a big estate where he entertained many of his artist friends, in 1909 he moved back to San Francisco and in 1928, he died. There is some uncertainty of the authenticity of the signature.

Date Made: 1886

Maker: Peters, Charles Rollo

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Maritime

See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Cigna Maritime Collection, Transportation, Art


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Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0279.028Accession Number: 2005.0279Catalog Number: 2005.0279.028

Object Name: paintingpainting, oil

Physical Description: oil on canvas (overall material)Measurements: without frame: 48 in x 26 in; 121.92 cm x 66.04 cm


Record Id: nmah_1301921

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