A wonderful Italian School watercolor ship portrait of the Bark Hornet entering the port at Palermo, unsigned, with a possible attribution to Italian ship portraitist Guiseppi Monasteri, active in Palermo from 1865 to 1885. The painting probably dates to April 1869, the only record of the ship’s visit to Palermo. The Bark Hornet was built in Kingston, Massachusetts, and was originally named the “Mary Baker,” later sold and the name changed. The painting includes a detailed a copy of the record from the US Consul in Palermo, as well as a copy of the original register issued to the ship in 1868. Watercolor on paper, unsigned, titled “Barque Hornet Capt. A.P. Loud Entering The Port Palermo” along the base, and housed under glass in a period giltwood frame. Dimensions: 19 ½” h x 24 ½” w, sight; 23 ½” h x 28 ½” w, framed.
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