Item #AT-0478

William Henry Coffin (1812 - 1898) "The Successful Hunt, 1887" Oil on Board


"The Successful Hunt, 1887"
Oil on Board

6.25" x 11.25"Unframed

10.5" x 15.5" Framed

Framed in Gilt Frame


Private Collection, NJ

A wonderful Camp with military tent and American flag.  The painting is set in the woods with dinner cooking over a roaring campfire.  The loyal dog sitting close to the campers overlooking  the days hunt handing on racks made of tree branches. Full of charm and history. 

 Landscape Oil Painting of hunt and cam ground

William Henry Coffin was probably the son of William Coffin, Jr. who advertised art instruction in the Nantucker Inquirer  (1824-1828).   He lived on Nantucket Island until c. 1863 and maintained ties with the Island through later life.  No record has been found of his death. 

Dorothy Brewington in her Dictionary of Marine Artists says that he was active until 1898.  He was primarily a marine painter, though he  painted other subjects as well.  The Smithsonian Institution Reaserch Information Service (SIRIS) presently lists 15 marine paintings by him. 

Two early works, View of the Brig Ceylon Wrecked on Nantucket (1839) and The USS  Constitution vs. HBM  Guerriere  are in the Peabody Essex Museum.  His work after the 1850's is marked by steadily increasing artistic sophistication and a marked kinship with his Luminist contemporaries, led by Fitz Hugh (Henry) Lane, Martin Johnson Heade and John F. Kensett, painters who, in the words of Matthew Baigell, "chose to affirm the importance of light as landscape's binding ingredient."  (Dictionary of American Art)

Coffin's ship paintings demonstrate a thorough grounding in shipbuilding and seamanship.