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William A. Hill

Lot 299: WILLIAM A. HILL, 20TH CENTURY THE U.S. FRIGATE ESSEX oil on canvas 23 1/2 by 35 3/4 in. 59.7 by 90.8 cm. Signed W.A. Hill, l.r. and


June 23, 1993
New York, NY, US

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inscribed on the verso U.S. Frigate Essex, Built in Salem, 1799, W.A. Hill, Newbury, Mass. Inscribed on the verso: UNITED STATES FRIGATE "ESSEX". William A. Hill was born in Winterport, Maine in 1886 and died in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1969. He was an artist of natural talent, being for the most part self-taught. With sea-faring ancestors and a background of personal experience at sea, Hill's favorite subjects were Maine paintings. A thirty-four gun ship built by the citizens of Salem and launched in 1799, then loaned to the Federal Government. In 1812, she captured the British Frigate Alert. Later she cruised in the Pacific, destroying the British whaling fleet, the loss amounting to two and a half million dollars. In March, 1814, the Essex was attacked by the British Frigates Cherub and Phoebe in neutral Valparaiso Harbor and captured.

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Fine Americana

June 23, 1993, 12:00 AM EST

New York, NY, US

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