Man Talking To Sailors

R. H. (British or American, 19th century)19th century

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

This lively pencil drawing by an unknown artist shows the bustle of life on the docks. In the foreground of the composition, a diverse group of sailors is being addressed by a "landlubber" in ill-fitting city clothes. Although the drawing is loosely sketched, the artist carefully differentiates between the expressions of the participants and deftly sets the scene of their meeting. The style and subject suggest that the artist had experience as an illustrator for books or journals and that this drawing might have been made in preparation for a printed illustration.


  • Title: Man Talking To Sailors
  • Creator: R. H. (British or American, 19th century)
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: R. H. (British or American, 19th century)
  • Provenance: William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: paintings
  • Medium: graphite and wash on paper
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] lower left: R.H.
  • Geography: Birth Location: Utica, Work Location: Philadelphia, Place of Origin: England
  • Exhibitions: Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from WAM. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2011.
  • Dimensions: H: 8 9/16 x W: 6 15/16 in. (21.8 x 17.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.1271

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