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William Lees Judson : Steamboat Leaving Camden Pier
William Lees Judson (Steamboat Leaving Camden Pier)

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Artist: William Lees Judson
Title: Steamboat Leaving Camden Pier
Media: Oil on canvas, 11 1/4 × 9 inches
Description: Signed at lower right: “W. L. Judson”
Inscribed in pencil on stretcher verso: “Judson”

Judson probably painted this view of the Camden ferry in 1876, when he is known to have attended the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia with the young Canadian artist Paul Peel (1860–1892). The various ferries that offered transportation from Camden to Philadelphia from different points along the east side of the Delaware River had operated since the late seventeenth century and contributed greatly to the city’s economic growth.1 This river view is very similar to some of the illustrations that Judson made for A Tour of the Thames, an account of traveling by skiff down the Canadian river Thames.

Notes

1. For a summary of the ferries that operated between Philadelphia and Camden, see J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott, History of Philadelphia, 1609–1884 (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts and Co.), vol. 3, p. 2139.


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