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Mouth of the Connecticut River
Painter:Painted by Henry C. Arnold , American, 1838 - 1911 or 12
Oil and gouache on canvas in passepartout wood frame
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 23 7/8 x 35 3/4in. (60.6 x 90.8cm) Frame (height x width x depth): 27 3/4 x 38 7/8 x 3/4in. (70.5 x 98.7 x 1.9cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Description: The pleasure sailing vessel, VENI VICI, is under sail at the mouth of the Connecticut River at Saybrook (now Old Saybrook), sailing into Long Island Sound.Two other views of the same vessel are seen along the shore at right. Birds and jumping bluefish are visible in the immediate foreground. To the left of the vessel is a lighthouse, Lynde Point Light, on the Saybrook shore. A carriage is visible on the beach. Several buildings and masts of sailing vessels are visible beyond the lighthouse, in the harbor area of North Cove. To the right of the vessel is the Old Lyme shore. A Shoreline Railroad passenger train, buildings and a tall signal tower for the railroad ferry are visible. The brick building on the river bank is the railroad ferry landing on the Old Lyme shore; the corresponding terminal and signal tower on the Saybrook side are not visible. On the back is an eagle holding a banner with the artist's signature.
Artist Note: Captain Henry C. Arnold was a painter, writer of historical sketches, and captain of numerous small sailing craft in the Essex, Connecticut area. It is possible that the sloop rigged sailing gig VENI VICI was one of the boats that he commanded. Captain Arnold may also have been involved with steamboat affairs on the lower river.
Inscription: On back of frame, upper left, in white paint, "X-1957-2-0"; lower left, in white paint, "X-1957-2-0"
Object Number: 1957.81.0
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