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Clement Drew

Clement Drew: Long Island, Boston Harbor

Long Island, Boston Harbor


1806 - 1889

Clement Drew was one of the only American-born artists painting maritime scenes during this country’s “Golden Age of Sail”. His harbor scenes and portrayals of vessels at sea provide both attractive and historically important depictions of American seafaring.

Drew was born in Kingston, Massachusetts, almost the mid-point between Boston and Cape Cod. This proximity to the ocean would inspire him throughout his 50-year career. Although he frequently captured images of Boston, he is known to have traveled to other maritime locales including Maine, Newfoundland, Cape Horn and San Francisco. His paintings characteristically have dramatic backgrounds and rough seas, creating a dynamic and moody atmosphere. 

In addition to painting, Drew worked as a ship carver, librarian and carpet merchant before opening his own framing and art supply store in Boston. Drew, the son of a Baptist deacon, was also active in the Abolitionist movement with William Lloyd Garrison, founder of the New England Anti-Slavery Society.

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