From JHK provenance card file: Starboard broadside view at sea under steam. Shoreline visible in distance. Watercolor on linen. 22 1/4" X 31 1/2" (dimensions of stretcher); 27 3/4" x 17 3/4" (painted surface; upper corners rounded). Attributed to Charles Parsons. Inscribed in lower margin: Steam Ship Golden Gate U.S. Mail Carrier. Possibly "ghost of signature in lower left of painted surface. "Ghosts" of letter below present inscription with apparently same words. On reverse of stretcher marked "T A 91" in pencil at top. Marked "P 1270/4" at bottom. Maple frame marked "C.D.T." on back at left. Picture has been recently placed in frame since nails are new. May have merely been remove from frame for cleaning and returned […]
Framed, with glass.
An exhibit label from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is attached to the back, exhibit was titled "Pertaining to the Sea" and was on display from 3/23 to 5/2/76; donor is listed as "Anonymous" with John H. Kemble in parenthesis. The Golden Gate, launched 21 January 1851, operated for Pacific Mail on the San Francisco to Panama route from 1851 to 1862; she burned on 27 July 1862 off the Mexican Coast, north of Manzanillo, with a loss of 223 lives and her cargo of treasure.
Watercolor ; image 46 x 71.5 cm (18 1/8 x 28 1/8 in.) ; overall 69.2 x 93.2 cm (27 1/4 x 36 11/16 in.)
Golden Gate (Steamship : 1851-1862) Paddle steamers--United States--19th century--Pictorial works Passenger ships--United States--Pictorial works Steamboats--United States--19th century--Pictorial works Steamboat lines--United States Steamboat lines--Pacific Ocean Shipping--Pacific Ocean Pacific Mail Steamship Company
John Haskell Kemble Collection Art Vessels Prints and Ephemera, Huntington Digital Library