Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 562
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(ARCTIC.) Storch & Kramer; after William Bradford. [Sealers Crushed by Icebergs.] Chromolithograph, 20 x 33 inches; laid down on original board, minor foxing and wear. Berlin, 1866

Additional Details

After a painting by the Arctic artist William Bradford (1823-1892) of Massachusetts. He sailed north to the coast of Labrador in 1866, the year of the original painting held by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which describes the scene thus:

"This large Arctic painting portrays the ship Mary being crushed by ice, dismasted with her starboard bulwark broken and debris to her stern. Sailors are working on board, and one is carrying belongings to a group in the center foreground loading two ship's boats. Out in the sea there are ships sailing free of the ice, and the wrecked sailors, who had been hunting seals, hope to reach these ships and safety. The burning ship was abandoned and set on fire so it would not be a floating hazard when the ice receded."