Jurgen Frederick Huge (1809-1878), water color and gouache on paper, titled, signed and dated 1845 lower right. Sight size 29 inches high X 39 inches wide. Mounted in a custom-made gold leafed molded frame with a linen mat and glazed. This picture was recently conserved at the prestigious Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts. Every effort has been made to treat this rare object with as much sensitivity as possible.
Huge, a noted folk art and marine painter, was born in Hamburg, Germany. He was a seaman and came to America as a young man. He married Mary Shelton of Bridgeport, Connecticut and the couple settled in the "Park City" by 1830. Huge was listed as a grocer in city records. He is best known as a folk painter recording Bridgeport street scenes,local landscapes and marines. His work is in the collections of the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The New York Historical Society, N.Y., N.Y. and the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD. A 1973 exhibition of this artist's works was mounted at the American Folk Art Museum by Jean Lipman.
This important picture shows a Bark flying a red 'house' flag with a white 'T' in a choppy sea with a pilot boat off the bow and a schooner aft of the Golden Fleece. In the left side of the picture there are three light houses on the horizon. These lighthouses came to be known as the "Three Sisters of Nauset". Built in 1837, on the Atlantic shore of Cape Cod between North Truro and Chatham,these three conical white painted brick towers stood 150 feet apart. Erosion and time forced the US to sell the "Sisters" however, by 1965 the National Parks Service reacquired two of the "Sisters" and in 1975 the third old girl was purchased and all three can be seen today on Cable Road in Eastham, MA. All three vessels are flying the U.S. ensign. There were a number of sailing vessels named "Golden Fleece" in the 19th century. Research is continuing to further identify this specific vessel, her Captain, her owner and her home port.