The Bark "Civilian" Leaving the Port of Messina, Captain Smith, March 1857
Inscribed as titled, dated March 1857 and signed Giuseppe Celi dipinze along the lower margin
Oil on canvas
20 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches
This vessel, depicted leaving Messina, Italy, flies a Masonic flag on the mast at left, indicating that the ship's owner or captain was a Freemason. The square and compass is one of the best-known Masonic symbols, signifying reason and faith. Included in the permanent collection of the National Heritage Museum, Lexington, MA, is a similar work, depicting The Bark Isaac Rich flying a Masonic flag, painted in 1876 by Luigi Renault, marine painter to King Victor Emanuel.
C Estate of Sondra Blewer
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