Thomas Birch, On a Rocky Coast
TitleOn a Rocky Coast
MediumOil on panel
Credit LineBequest of Charles Knox Smith
Dimensions11 3/4 x 17 in.
Thomas Birch was a painter of great renown who specialized in marine subjects, portraits of ships, depictions of boats battling a tempestuous sea, and violent storms on rocky coasts. Born in England, he was brought to Philadelphia by his father, William Russell Birch, a skilled enamel painter and printmaker. Birch went on to become one of the first Americans to concentrate on marine-style painting. He was active at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and exhibited widely in the United States.
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