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Maker(s):Champney, Edward Frere
Culture:American (1874-1929)
Title:drawing: ships in harbor
Date Made:September 12, 1919
Materials:pastel, paper, wood, glass, ink
Place Made:United States; Washington; Seattle
Measurements:Frame: 15 x 17 3/4 x 11/16 in; 38.1 x 45.1 x 1.7 cm; Mat: 13 3/4 x 17 in; 34.9 x 43.2 cm; Sheet: 8 1/2 x 11 5/8 in; 21.6 x 29.5 cm
Accession Number:  HD 69.0183
Credit Line:Gift of Captain & Mrs. Edgar Miller Williams
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Framed pastel drawing of ships at anchor in the Seattle harbor primarily in blues and yellow-golds, which is signed and dated "E. Frere Champney Sept. 12, 1919" and has a paper label on the back: "Drawn by Frere Champney in Seattle, Washington / Shows the fleet of which Clarence S. Wiiliams / when Vice Admiral (Dated September 12, 1919). The scene is similar to Edward Frere's, "Sapphire and Gold" (HD 69.0184). Edward Frere Champney (1874-1929) and his sister, Maria Mitchell Champney (1876-1906), were the children of the artist James Wells Champney (1843-1903) and Elizabeth Williams Champney (1850-1922), a well-known writer of her period. Edward originally studied art, but later became a prominent architect in Seattle, Washington. He married Mary Alice Robbins (1882-1950), the daughter of the Rev. Francis Lebaron Robbins, Sr. (1830-1920) and Lucy Morton Hartpence Robbins (1856-1935) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1923, and is buried in the Deerfield cemetary. Several James Wells Champney works have been given to HD from the Robbins family, including a watercolor of Edward Frere as a boy (HD 80.028). The donor, Captain Edgar Miller Williams (1889-1986), was the son of Admiral Clarence Stewart Williams (1863-1951) who married Anna M. Miller (1860-1955), the daughter of Dr. J. M. Miller of Springfield, Ohio, in 1888; his grandfather was Orson Bennet Williams (1834-1912), who was born in Ashfield and married Pamelia L. Floyd of Springfield, Ohio, in 1862; his great-grandfather was Samuel Barnard Williams (1803-1884) of Deerfield who married Mary A. Bennet (d.1839) of Ashfield, Massachusetts, in 1834, and Caroline Johnson (d.1885) in 1844; his great-great grandfather was Elijah Williams (1767-1832) who married Hannah Barnard (1772-1853), daughter of Samuel Barnard (1721-1788) of Deerfield, in 1803; and his great-great-great grandfather was Dr. Thomas Williams (1718-1775) of Deerfield. This branch of the Williams family is also related to Elizabeth Williams Champney who was the half-sister of Orson Bennet Williams.


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