|Artist||Robert Walter Weir|
|Title||Embarkation of the Pilgrims|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||48 1/8 x 72 1/4 in. (122.2 x 183.5 cm)|
|Signed||Signed lower left: "Rob.t W. Weir. / 1857."|
|Credit Line||A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B|
|Location||American Identities: Art Making / Centennial Era|
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.