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Portrait of Captain Peter Coffin

Date: 1833 - 1840
Overall: 845 × 714 mm, 3.6 kg, 63 mm
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00019489
Place Manufactured:United States

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    This painting depicts the American whaling Captain Peter Coffin sitting in an arm chair holding a copy of Bowditch Navigator (an encyclopaedia of Navigation). Coffin's three-masted vessel the COLUMBUS can be seen just behind the Captain, flying the American flag. Coffin was active in the Pacific region and present on a number of whaling ships.

    SignificanceThis is a good example of a 19th century portrait featuring a sea Captain who visited a number of fisheries in the South Pacific.
    HistoryCaptain Peter Coffin was a descendant of the original Nantucket settler Tristan Coffin, and master and log keeper onboard several whaling ships that visited the South Pacific. During his later years Coffin left the whaling industry to work onboard commercial sailing ships. Coffin was the first officer onboard many trips between San Francisco and Sydney in the mid-1850s. When the JULIA ANN wrecked in 1855 he was the first officer onboard.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Portret van Kapitein Peter Coffin

    Web title: Portrait of Captain Peter Coffin

    Assigned title: Porträt von Kapitän Peter Coffin

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