Floating Crane Lightening a Ship

Floating Crane Lightening a Ship

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Charcoal and watercolor painting on paper board. The work depicts the American Base Port at Marseille, France. In the foreground is a small rowboat with three men in it. A man wearing a red shirt is rowing the boat, a man with a blue shirt is sitting in the center of the boat, and a man in a white shirt is standing next to a green box at the back of the boat. In the background of the painting is the floating crane, which is working on a large ship with multi-colored dazzle camouflage. The ship is only partially visible at the center of the painting and fades out at the sides. Signed at bottom right by the artist, "W.J. Aylward, A.E.F. '19"
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Object Name
date made
Aylward, William James
place made
France: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseilles
Physical Description
charcoal; watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 23 in; 45.72 cm x 58.42 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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