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Thomas Birch : Shipwreck on a Rocky Coast
Thomas Birch (Shipwreck on a Rocky Coast)

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Artist: Thomas Birch
Title: Shipwreck on a Rocky Coast
Year: 1829
Media: Oil on canvas, 18 x 25 inches
Description: Signed and dated at lower right: T Birch/1829

Thomas Birch was born in Warwickshire, England, son of the enamel and miniature painter William Russell Birch (1755-1834). He and his father settled in Philadelphia in 1794 and produced popular sets of engravings that documented the city's growth such as The City of Philadelphia (1800) and Country Seats (1808). Thomas Birch began to paint portraits around 1806 and soon gravitated to the subjects that made him famous, landscapes and marine scenes.

This dramatic view of a shipwreck, painted at the height of Birch's career, reflects the influence of Dutch marine painters such as Ludolf Backhuysen (1631-1708).



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Inventory: RS 6189
  
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