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Burning of the Sidewheeler Henry Clay, (painting)

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Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 54.90.223
Ca. 1854
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975.
Spassky, Natalie, "American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume II: A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1816 and 1845," New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985, pg. 12.
View looking out from the shore of the Hudson River where a crowd has gathered to watch, and assist survivors, as the steamboat Henry Clay burns near Yonkers after racing the Armenia from Albany on July 28, 1852. The steamboat has run aground south of the Yonker's dock, in the vicinity of Edwin Forrest's recently built Fonthill Castle in Riverdale. Smoke engulfs the steamboat as small rowboats in the water try to rescue those who jumped into the water. Those who tried swimming to shore, climb out of the water, and join the crowd watching from shore. The Armenia is visible in the distance.
Waterscape--River--Hudson River  Search this
Waterscape--Boat  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Riverboat  Search this
Architecture--Boat--Henry Clay  Search this
Disaster--Fire  Search this
Disaster--Shipwreck  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 36120830
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums