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Welcoming the Queen Mary


An oil on canvas maritime painting done in the Ashcan School style by American artist Cecil Bell (1906 - 1970).  The painting depicts the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary from Southampton, England as the ship traversed New York Harbor.  The ship can be seen in the background, in the upper left portion of the painting.  A tugboat with crew is in the foreground on the right side of the painting.  Three, possibly four, ships are in the middleground of the painting.  A ship, possibly a ferry, carrying passengers is in the left foreground.  The Manhattan skyline is in the upper right portion of the painting, in the background.

Cecil Bell was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to New York City in 1930 where he enrolled in the Art Students League. By 1931, Bell was doing freelance commercial art for Fox Films, work that sustained him through the depression years. He continued his studies at the League until 1934 when he began his tutorship with John Sloan. During these years Bell exhibited at the Whitney, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy, and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Artist: Cecil Crosley Bell (1906 - 1970)

Title: Welcoming the Queen Mary

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dates: c. 1937

Dimensions: 36" H x 48" W

Signature/Inscription: Cecil C. Bell; Front - Lower right

Culture: American

Accession Number: A1973.12.1

Credit: Gift of Agatha Bell Kower

Tags: 20th century, american, ashcan, bell, boat, cecil bell, harbor, manhattan, maritime, new york harbor, oil, painting, queen mary, ship