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The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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The dealer from whom the donor acquired this painting stated that the subject was a builder of, and carpenter on, the ship "Mechanics Own." This vessel was a clipper ship built in 1849 at the Bishop and Simonson shipyard at 193 Lewis Street, New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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