The Sailor Boy by Lucy Sheldon Beach

Object ID:
Made by Students
watercolor on paper
Lucy Sheldon Beach (1788-1889)
Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
Associated Place:
Litchfield, CT
10 3/8" length x 14 1/2" width
Watercolor on paper. Scene of a family gathered before the doorway of their thatched cottage, the open door of which is at left. The rocky shore with the shipwreck impaled upon a cliff can be glimpsed in the background between the cottage and a large oak tree to the right. The group includes, from left to right, grandmother seated in a rustic slat back chair in front of a crude table on which sits a small kitten; father in a blue smock and black hat and holding a pipe, standing in the doorway; mother with a small girl clinging to her skirts and wearing a striped fichu and aporn with a muslin cap on her curly hair. Central figures are a young boy and the sailor boy who looks much the worse for wear and not at all animated in the telling of his story. He wears a much bedraggled cabin boy's uniform ...

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