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|Artist: ||James Hamilton|
|Title: ||Beach at Atlantic City|
|Media: ||Oil on canvas, 11 5/8 × 22 1/4 inches|
11 5/8 × 22 1/4 inches
|Description: ||Signed at lower right: “J Hamilton”|
Label (printed): “Loan to/BROOKLYN MUSEUM/from/3.66.210/Preston.”
Exhibited : Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, James Hamilton, 1819–1878:
American Marine Painter (March 28–May 22, 1966), no. 55
For the last twenty years of his career Hamilton painted scenic areas around
Philadelphia and was active in Atlantic City, Cape May, and Cumberland County
in New Jersey. Located about 65 miles northeast of Philadelphia on New Jersey’s
south shore, Atlantic City became an immensely popular summer resort after
it was developed and made accessible by the Camden and Atlantic Railroad in
1854. Hamilton probably painted these two views of Atlantic City in 1868, when
he is known to have visited the city in August and September through a number
of dated paintings, among them The Sea at Atlantic City (Sewell C.
Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, Delaware).1 It is likely that these paintings
were related to On the Beach at Atlantic City (location unknown)
that the artist exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy in 1868.2 When Beach
at Atlantic City was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1966, it was
singled out for praise by John I. H. Baur, who commented that it was “delicate,
sketchy, filled with a subdued and silvery light, almost Whistlerian in its
1. William H. Gerdts, The Sewell C.
Biggs Collection of American Art: A Catalogue, vol. 2, Paintings
and Sculpture (Dover, Del.: Biggs Museum of American Art, 2002), p.
2. What is presumably a study for that painting
is illustrated in Artists of 19 th Century Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Collection, vol. V (Philadelphia: Schwarz Gallery, 1978), pl. 7.
3. John I. H. Baur, “A Romantic Impressionist: James Hamilton,” The Brooklyn
Museum Bulletin, vol. 12 (spring 1951), p. 6.
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|Inventory: ||RS 5116|
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|Category: ||•a:American•a:New Jersey•a:Philadelphia•Atlantic City•beach•marine•New Jersey•nineteenth century•|