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Title: Steamships WASHINGTON and HERMANN

Accession Number: 1938.561
Type: oil painting
Maker: Buttersworth, James E.
Place: USA, NY, New York, Governors Island
Date: Circa 1850
Materials: wood; oil paint; textile
Description: Oil painting of 1st US mail steamships, WASHINGTON and HERMANN, by J. E. Buttersworth; two sidewheel steamers, each with single stack, a red stripe on hull, and figurehead; each flies American flag, name pennant, and house flag, blue with white letters "USM". No sails set on the steamships. Sail craft in background, all on green-gray sea. Signed lower right: "J. E. Buttersworth". Not dated, but believed painted between 1847 (the sister ships were built) and 1857 (sold to Pacific). WASHINGTON scrapped 1863; HERMANN lost 1869.

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