Ship in the Arctic, unsigned, c. 1850s, watercolor on paper, 7-1/2 x 11 in.; modern wood frame, 14-3/4 x 18-3/4 in.
Note: The second arctic expedition financed by Henry Grinnell, was another attempt to locate any remains of Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition of 1845. The Grinnell Expedition was led by Elisha Kent Kane, who then collaborated with James Hamilton to illustrate his published story. Kane made sketches on the journey, Hamilton then produced watercolors such as this lot, and then engravings were made for the publication. Kane's accounts of his adventures were extremely popular.
Exhibited: The Arctic Watercolors of James Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, October 7, 1983 - January 22, 1984, exhibition # 27, label verso.
Provenance: Descended in the family of Elisha Kent Kane; Kane Manor Auction, Kane Pennsylvania, September 2003; Private Collection, Pennsylvania
hinged in, wear around edges not visible under mat, possible fading; frame with wear, slight separation at corners