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Mayor Hanson Res, Belfast, Maine ca. 1910

Mayor Hanson Res, Belfast, Maine   ca. 1910

In 1892, Edgar F. Hanson built his lavish mansion, Colonia Villa, on Northport Avenue, opposite what is now City Park. He was a newspaper and magazine publisher, general manager of Dana Sarsaparilla, and ten-term mayor.

Shipping off New York

Shipping off New York

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1860. Behind the ship headed into New York is the Sandy Hook light. The vessel is shortening sail perhaps to take aboard a pilot

US Ship of the Line Under Tow

US Ship of the Line Under Tow

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c.1850. We do not know which ship Buttersworth painted here. The United States Navy never had many warships of this size and not all existed when Buttersworth was painting.

HMS MONARCH in Portsmouth, England

HMS MONARCH in Portsmouth, England

James E. Buttersworth, signed, c. 1870. In 1869, American George Peabody died in his adopted country: Britain. Here his body is being loaded on the HMS MONARCH

American Frigate in Distress

American Frigate in Distress

James E. Buttersworth, signed. Riding to a couple of anchors in a last attempt to avoid going ashore, this American frigate flies its flag upside down as a distress signal.

Ship in Heavy Storm

Ship in Heavy Storm

James E. Buttersworth, signed. Here a two-decked ship of the line rides in a major gale.

Two American Clipper Ships

Two American Clipper Ships

James E. Buttersworth, signed. These vessels, running downwind in a breeze, have the big single topsails common to all ships prior to the 1860s.

Shipping in Rough Seas

Shipping in Rough Seas

Thomas Buttersworth, Jr., attributed, c. 1820. It’s blowing hard enough for the little lug-rigged boat on the right to be deeply reefed with her mizzen furled.

Naval Squadron, Mediterranean

Naval Squadron, Mediterranean

Thomas Buttersworth, Jr., signed, c.1820. Buttersworth instantly places these three Royal Navy vessels in the Mediterranean by painting a Mediterranean xebec under the bowsprit

Shipping on a Calm Sea

Shipping on a Calm Sea

Thomas Buttersworth, Sr., signed, c.1820. Here, Buttersworth portrays the mix of shipping traffic along the English Channel near the coast in a scene evocative of earlier Dutch paintings.