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Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946)
Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946)

The Wreck of the D.T. Sheridan

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Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946)
The Wreck of the D.T. Sheridan
signed 'Jamie Wyeth' (lower left)--inscribed with title (on the reverse)
watercolor on paper
19 x 30 in. (48.3 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1969.
Provenance
Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc., New York.
Private collection, acquired from the above, 1969.
Christie's, New York, 19 May 2005, lot 190.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
Brandywine River Museum, Brandywine Heritage: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, exhibition catalogue, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 1971, n.p., illustrated.
Exhibited
Rockland, Maine, William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, James Wyeth, July 11-September 8, 1969.
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Brandywine Heritage: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, June 19-October 17, 1971.

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In 1948 the D.T. Sheridan, a tugboat weighing 383 tons ran aground at the southwest tip of Monhegan Island, Maine. The rusted remains have provided inspiration for countless artists visiting the island and have been a source of many of Jamie Wyeth's works. The archaic and timeless atmosphere evoked by the hull appeals to Wyeth's distinct rendering of portraiture and life on the island. Wyeth comments that "early on, Rockwell Kent and a few others saw it, that elemental, primeval quality of Monhegan, and went beyond the picturesque."

This painting is included in the database of the artist's work being compiled by the Wyeth Center at the William A. Farnsworth Museum Rockland, Maine.

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