Embarkation of the Pilgrims
One of the works exhibited in the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition in 1876, this midcentury painting documented a tearful group of English Puritans departing from their temporary home in Holland aboard the Speedwell, a ship that was to accompany the Mayflower to New England. Robert Weir based the picture on documentary evidence—written accounts, histories, and costume records—to enhance the authenticity of the early memorial to colonial history.
- Artist: Robert Walter Weir, American, 1803-1889
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1857
- Dimensions: 48 1/8 x 72 1/4 in. (122.2 x 183.5 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "Rob.t W. Weir. / 1857."
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Making Art: Centennial Era, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 75.188
- Credit Line: A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Robert Walter Weir (American, 1803-1889). Embarkation of the Pilgrims, 1857. Oil on canvas, 48 1/8 x 72 1/4 in. (122.2 x 183.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B, 75.188
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)