Thomas Birch, On a Rocky Coast

Thomas Birch: On a Rocky Coast (Undated) Oil on panel
On a Rocky Coast
Oil on panel
Credit Line
Bequest of Charles Knox Smith
11 3/4" x 17"

Thomas Birch was a painter of great renown who specialized in marine subjects, portraits of ships, depictions of boats battling 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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