Variant of “The Clipper’s Home Was In South Street”
Medium: Watercolor and graphite on gesso on canvas
Dimensions: 29 1/4 × 23 5/8 in. (74.3 × 60 cm)
frame: 33 5/8 × 27 5/8 in. (85.4 × 70.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: Not reproduced. Variant of frontispiece for "The Clipper Ship and Her Seamen," by W. J. Aylward, in Scribner's Magazine, April 1917.
Credit Line: Louisa du Pont Copeland Memorial Fund, 1934
About: This unpublished watercolor is a variant of one of William Aylward's nautical illustrations for the article Clipper Ships and Her Seamen, published in Scriber's Magazine in 1917. Aylward's article and illustrations centered on the history of commercial sailing ships, especially those which-as seen here-docked at New York's South Street Seaport.
Aylward was well known as a marine illustrator, an interest and skill fostered in his native city of Milwaukee, where his father built Great Lakes ships.
In 1902, Aylward and his fellow aspiring illustrator Arthur Becher, members of the same Milwaukee sketch club, brought samples of their art to Howard Pyle, who took them on as advanced students while they became established illustrators.
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