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Gray’s Inn Creek Shipyard


This detailed landscape shows Richard Spencer’s shipyard, which probably existed on a tributary of the Chester River in Kent County, Maryland. The unknown artist carefully recorded almost every type of vessel sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, including brigs, schooners, and log canoes. Gray’s Inn Creek may have also served as an English customhouse. Many vessels in the harbor fly the British flag, and one is inscribed Starling. The sun is seen at upper left, with a bird in light, and trees in the background.



circa 1750-1775


Oil on wood panel


27.25 H x 104 W inches

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Gift of Mrs. James Page Wickes through Mrs. Robert Bogle

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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