Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Robert Walter Weir
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
This work documents 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 its authenticity. Painted during a period plagued by discrimination and its violent wake, Embarkation of the Pilgrims reminded viewers that much of the United States was settled by Europeans seeking freedom from religious persecution.
Oil on canvas
48 1/8 x 72 1/4 in. (122.2 x 183.5 cm)
frame: 60 1/2 x 84 1/2 x 6 3/8 in. (153.7 x 214.6 x 16.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Rob.t W. Weir. / 1857."
A. Augustus Healy Fund and Healy Purchase Fund B
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 75.188_SL1.jpg)
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