This fine painting depicts a schooner in full sail off the Maine Coast, most likely Monhegan Island where the artist frequently worked. Norton was born in Boston in 1843 and had a connection with the sea through his family's business. This is evident by his understanding of lines and rigging and most importantly how he conveys the dynamic motion of a ship under sail. He studied at the Lowell Institute in Massachusetts with George Innes. Like many famous American painters of the era he studied in Paris under A. Vallon to further his craft. He painted seascapes and landscapes with ocean views in France, Holland and the Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom. Norton returned to America and set up a salon in Boston in the 1870s. He often set up residence on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. Monhegan since the time of Norton has been an artist residence for artists such as Milton J. Burns, Otto S. Weber and three generations of Wyeth's. There is even a treacherous area on the southern part of the island which is called "Norton's Ledge." Norton during his career exhibited at The Pennsylvania Academy, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Academy of London, The Paris Salon where he was given an Honorable Mention in 1900. Norton produced many works in his career and has a solid auction records and collector following. This work measures to sight 10" by 16" and 19 1/2" by 25 1/2" in a gilded, oak original liner frame which is mounted on gilt, solid wood, cove frame with foliate decoration which is 3" deep. There has been some small in paints to the sails and portions of the sky. Craquelure extends up through the right, lower bottom margin through the right lower quarter of the canvas. Otherwise the canvas is in very good condition. The artist signed and dated the work on the lower right.
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