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Inscription

lower right: PAINTED / BY W. WHELDON / 1863; on boat: TWO BROTHERS.G35

Provenance

Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, by 1953; gift to NGA, 1953.

Exhibition History
1970
Extended loan for use by the White House, Washington, D.C., 1970-1973.
Bibliography
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 437, repro.
1992
Hayes, John. British Paintings of the Sixteenth through Nineteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1992: 324-325, repro. 324.
Technical Summary

The support is a solid wooden panel composed of two sections horizontally joined with metal plates; the boat in the center is a carved wooden relief, probably made of white pine. The ground is white, thinly applied. The painting is executed in layers varying from opaque masses to thin transparent glazes through which the ground is visible, in a palette of mostly earth tones; the relief appears to be executed in a similar technique. There is traction crackle in the water, which suggests the presence of bitumen. There is extensive craquelure throughout. The paint surface is heavily abraded. There is a considerable amount of discolored overpaint throughout, in at least two layers, one between the existing varnishes; the sky is almost completely reworked, as is the sail. The underlying natural resin varnish has discolored yellow to a significant degree; the overlying synthetic varnish has similarly discolored.