Jasper John Stafford, unlisted American artist. Watercolor on paper. The schooner "Block Island" is shown flying the flag of the American Line, the commissioning pennant and the American flag against a background of coastal shipping. Signed lower right. 16 1/2 inches high, 29 1/2 inches wide.
Found on eastern Long Island. Good condition with light fading and mounted in the original frame. The Merchant flag was used for more than a hundred years and the company became the largest American shipping company.
A terrific example of maritime folk art.