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Illinois/Massachusetts, 1924-1989

"Boston Pilot Boat".

Signed lower right "Tom Hoyne". Titled on label verso.
Acrylic on canvas, 18.5" x 24.5". Framed 25" x 31".
Condition: Excellent condition: no obvious damages and no restorations visible under UV light. Canvas slightly rippled when viewed under raking light.

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  • Provenance: Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, Connecticut. Notes: Like many maritime artists, Thomas Hoyne painted scenes that reflected his poetic feelings about the sea and the vessels that roam the oceans, although his work also exhibits superior accuracy and meticulous detail. Formative experiences, including childhood summers spent in Ogunquit, Maine, visits to the studio of marine painter Gordon Grant, and serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Navy aboard an LST, helped drive Hoyne's interest in maritime art. For much of his career, however, he was a commercial artist in Chicago, working for large corporations. Following a mid-life cancer diagnosis, he decided to pursue marine art full-time. He received the Rudolph J. Schaefer Award at the Mystic International in 1983, had solo exhibits at various maritime museums and organizations throughout the country, and was a founding fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. Pilot boats are used to transport maritime pilots between land and the inbound or outbound ships they are piloting. They were originally designed to be fast because traditionally the first pilot to reach the incoming ship got the job. There were four pilot boat #7s in Boston: Minerva, Fleur de Lis, Friend and Louisa Jane. Based on information we have received, we believe this to be the Friend.

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