Harlequin Freighters

Harlequin Freighters

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Charcoal and watercolor sketch matted on brown matte with blue inner border. Two freight ships at right are shown in the harbor at St. Nazaire, France. The ships are painted with brightly-colored dazzle camouflage in blue, white, green, and pink. To the left are docks and cranes. A rowboat with two people in it passes in front of the ships. Smoke is visible from the smoke stacks in the background. Signed at bottom left by the artist, "J. Andre Smith / St. Nazaire, July '18."
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
July 1918
Smith, J. Andre
Place Made
France: Pays de la Loire, Saint-Nazaire
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
charcoal; watercolor (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in; 29.21 cm x 39.37 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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