An early 19th Century Marine Watercolor Painting of an American Clipper Ship by important and well listed Marine artist Jurgen Frederick Huge (1809 - 1878) | Jurgen Huge was active/lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut (born in Germany) and became well known for his naive ship portraits | Watercolor and gouache on Paper | Professionally Matted and framed under archival glass | Housed in a gilt wood frame | Approx. Dimensions: Image 14.5" H x 18.5" W; frame 25" H x 28" W | A clipper was a very fast sailing ship of the middle third of the 19th century, generally either a schooner or a brigantine. The original Baltimore clippers were schooners. They had multiple types of sail plans but the most common was three masts and a square rig. They were generally narrow for their length, small by later 19th century standards, could carry limited bulk freight, and had a large total sail area. Clipper ships were mostly constructed in British and American shipyards, though France, Brazil, the Netherlands and other nations also produced some. Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and on the New York-to-San Francisco route around Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. Dutch clippers were built beginning in the 1850s for the tea trade and passenger service to Java. The boom years of the clipper ship era began in 1843 as a result of a growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 | Jurgen Huge (1809 - 1878) Jurgen Frederick Huge was active/lived in Connecticut / Germany. Jurgen Huge is known for naive ship portrait-harbor, landscape. A folk artist who did numerous scenes of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jurgen Huge was born in Hamburg, Germany and came to the United States as a young seaman, which set the course for many of his later paintings. By 1830, when he was age twenty-one, he had a wife, Mary Shelton, and she was from Bridgeport, Connecticut so the couple settled there. Huge's name first appeared in the Bridgeport, Connecticut directory in 1862, but it is documented that he was there by 1830. He was listed as a grocer, but an early painting of his titled "Bunkerhill" was dated 1838. His art career is documented from that time until his death in 1878, but it is known that painting was secondary to his grocery business. However, he did numerous watercolor paintings including landscapes, marines and daily life in Bridgeport with street scenes, vehicles, store fronts, lighthouses, etc. Typically his paintings were large watercolors with pen and ink details in a style of commercial realism and folk art. About 50 paintings by this artist have been identified. From 1869 to 1872, he appeared as a drawing and painting teacher. Source: Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art" Jean Lipman, Essay, "American Folk Painters of Three Centuries", Edited by Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong.