At the top of the mast of the failing ship in this painting is an inverted flag of the Confederate States (two red and one white stripe, with a blue square and star for each of the Confederate states), the unofficial national flag of the Confederacy from 1861. Working in 1863, one of the most devastating years of the war, the artist James Hamilton appears to have predicted the impending failure of the secessionist effort.
- Artist: James Hamilton, American, 1819-1878
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1863
- Dimensions: 59 5/8 x 48 1/16 in. (151.5 x 122 cm) (show scale)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed verso: "Foundering' / Jas Hamilton / Philada 1863"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Everyday Life/A Nation Divided, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 55.139
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Hamilton (American, 1819-1878). Foundering, 1863. Oil on canvas, 59 5/8 x 48 1/16 in. (151.5 x 122 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 55.139
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)