This marine watercolor of the Bark Hornet in a squall was painted by Italian artist Giovanni Luzro (active 1855-1875). The Bark Hornet was built in Kingston, Massachusetts, and was originally named the “Mary Baker,” later sold and the name changed. Giovanni Luzro and his father were purportedly the only ship portraitists in Venice during this period when the Bark Hornet sailed to Venice. The painting includes on verso a detailed description of the ship and its history including this event which occurred in October 1869, a letter from the US Consul to the US Secretary of State concerning the vessel, a copy of a marine note of protest from filed by the master, and a copy of the arrival/departure register from the US Consul in Venice. Watercolor on paper, signed lower right, and housed under glass in a period giltwood frame. Dimensions: 17” h x 22 ⅜” w, sight; 22” h x 27 ⅛” w, framed.
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