A strong cross-current of early French impressionism influenced a number of prominent post-Civil War artists working on the East End, including Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, and Frank Myers Boggs, who studied art in Paris under French painter and teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme . Several years before Boggs left for his training in France, he painted this remarkable scene of African Americans clamming in the turbulent waters off of Shelter Island.


  • Title: Clamming at Shelter Island
  • Creator: Frank Myers Boggs
  • Date Created: 1878
  • Location: Shelter Island, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 15 3/4"h x 26"w
  • Provenance: Museum Purchase, 1996
  • Subject Keywords: Frank Meyer Boggs, Long Island, Shelter Island, clamming, French impressionism, African Americans, shellfish, water, East End, American artist
  • Type: painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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