Watercolor and gouache on paper, 22 ¾ x 33 ½ inches, sight. Signed “J & J Bard Painters,” l.r. and lettered “Peoples Line” l.c. margin. The “North America,” built in 1840, was the first of the Hudson River steamers running between New York and Albany to use anthracite coal rather than pine wood for fuel.
Provenance: Sanford & Patricia Smith Gallery, New York, January 26, 1981.
Literature: Listed in The Mariner’s Museum and Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., “The Bard Brothers: Painting America Under Steam and Sail,” 1997, p. 169.