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Untitled (moon over a harbor, wharf scene with full moon and masts of boats)

ca. 1868 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on fiberboard 9 5/8 x 15 1/4 in. (24.5 x 38.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of H. Alan and Melvin Frank 1983.95.76 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B

Luce Center Label

Edward Mitchell Bannister lived his entire life by the sea and probably made this painting while he was living in Boston in the late 1860s. Although he never traveled abroad, Bannister was influenced by late nineteenth-century French landscape painting, which shows in his thick brushstrokes, subdued colors, and simple compositions. In this painting of a moonlit harbor, the misty colors and bleak landscape create a mysterious scene, as if Bannister had painted it in the middle of the night.


Architecture - boat - sailboat

Landscape - celestial - moon

Landscape - time - night

Landscape - wharf

Waterscape - boat


paint - oil