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Maritime Art and History
Russell W. Knight Department of Maritime Art and History
PEM's internationally renowned maritime holdings communicate personal and collective experiences of the sea during the formative times of the modern world. By their very nature, these works cross geographic, cultural and traditional disciplinary boundaries in ways that broaden perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of the individual within our world of infinite global connections.
The extremely diverse collection area dates to the genesis of the institution - the formation of the East India Marine Society in 1799. More than two centuries of collecting have produced the finest and most comprehensive assemblage of art and objects relating to the sea in the country, including grand gold-framed oil paintings, drawings, ship models, marine decorative arts, tools, weapons, navigational instruments and ship and yacht plans. Particular strengths lie in marine painting, works on paper and ship carving from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.