This week in the Middle Grade Gallery, a work of art which might be more familiar than the portrait of Oldknow children we looked at last week, and maybe even instantly recognizable. As you read, try to imagine what this work of art looks like (I'm not a visual thinker, so I have to remind myself to do this):
It was a picture of a ship--a ship sailing nearly straight towards you. Her prow was gilded and shaped like the head of a dragon with wide open mouth. She had only one mast and one large, square sail which was a rich purple. the sides of the ship--what you could see of them where the gilded wings of the dragon ended--were green. She had just run up to the top of one glorious blue wave, and the nearer slope of that wave came down towards you, with streaks and bubbles on it. She was obviously running fast before a gay wind, listing over a little on her port side. All the sunlight fell on her from that side, and the water on that side was full of greens and purples. On the other, it was darker blue from the shadow of the ship.
[Me again.] It doesn't look anything like Fitz Henry Lane's Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay, 1853 (NGA), does it? In many ways the two paintings are exactly opposite, yet I think they share the same magical quality (hint). If you can identify the source, please be sure to leave a comment so I don't lose faith in my readership.
[See this post for the answer.]