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Ships Through the Ages: Frigates "Constitution" and "Boston"

Ships Through the Ages: Frigates "Constitution" and "Boston"

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Title:
Ships Through the Ages: Frigates "Constitution" and "Boston"
Description:
"Old Ironsides" as the "Constitution" is affectionately called because her wooden walls were so hard to pierce, was launched at the Boston Navy Yard in 1797. She carried 52 guns and was considered the finest example of shipbuilding of the day. She was used during the War of 1812. The "Constitution" is still afloat in Boston Harbor. She has been rebuilt so often that not more than 15 of the original timbers remain.
Artist:
King, Frederic Leonard, 1879-1947
Sponsor:
Public Works of Art Project (U.S.)
Date:
1934–1935
Format:
Paintings
Genre:
Oil paintings
Location:
Boston Public Library
East Boston Branch Library
Collection (local):
Boston Public Library Collection
Subjects:
Sailing ships
Constitution (Frigate)
Extent:
1 painting on canvas : oil ; visible image 22 1/2 x 57 in., in frame 25 1/2 x 60 in.
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Notes:
Description of ship written in 1935.
Ships Through the Ages, originally four murals painted by Frederic Leonard King between 1934 and 1935, was commissioned as part of the Public Works of Art Project for the Jeffries Point Branch of the Boston Public Library. In 1956, the Jeffries Point Branch closed, and the murals were divided into smaller paintings and relocated to the East Boston Branch Library where they are currently on display; however, several sections of the murals are missing.
Identifier:
09_03_000072