Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Paintings and Artwork

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Robert W. Weir, The Embarkation of the Pilgrims
Robert Walter Weir (American Hudson River school painter,1803-1889), "The Embarkation of the Pilgrims from Delfthaven in Holland" (1844), US Capitol Rotunda, Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'. Larger image.

William Formsby Halsall (1841-1919)

Henry Sargent (1770-1845)

Edward Percy Moran (American artist, 1862-1935)

1920 Pilgrim Tecentenary Issue. 1cent stamp The Mayflower. 2 cent stamp Landing of the Pilgrims, 5 cent stamp, Signing of the Compact. US Postal Service.

The First Thanksgiving (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930)
"The First Thanksgiving" (1915), by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter, 1863-1930). Larger image.
Detail from 'The First Thanksgiving' (1914) by Jennie Augusta Browscombe (1850-1936)
Detail from "The First Thanksgiving" (1914), by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1936),  oil on canvas, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Full painting.

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1850-1936), "The First Thanksgiving" (1914), oil on canvas, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Detail.

Henry A. Bacon (1839-1912), The Landing of the Pilgrims (1877), oil on canvas, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Mass.

Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (American painter and illustrator of Americana, 1863-1930)

Charles Lucy (1814-1873)

George Henry Boughton (1833-1905)

Robert Walter Weir (American Hudson River school painter,1803-1889)

Scale model of 17th century English merchantman ship, Dorset County Museum.
Scale model of a 17th century English merchantman ship of about 400 tons, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Dorset. Larger image. Very large image. In contrast, the "Mayflower" is estimated at 180 tons, 90-110 feet long, width 25 feet, though actual details are unknown.

Bernard Finegan Gribble (1872-1962), British marine artist and illustrator

  • Mayflower
  • The Return of the Mayflower (1919) is not a pilgrim picture, but one of ships returning following WW1.

Gilbert Tucker Margeson (American painter, 1852-1940)

Other artists

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978, images licensed by Brown & Bigelow)

Joseph Christian ("J.C.") Leyendecker (1874-1951, American illustrator, images licensed by Curtis Publishing Company). Cover collection.

Herbert Paus (1880-1946), illustrator with a great sense of design, great figures.

Some whose work appears in posters:

John Currin (American painter, 1962- ), Thanksgiving 2003, oil on canvas, 1729x1323 mm, Tate Gallery

Sarony & Major, The Landing of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock, Dec. 11th 1620 (c. 1848), lithograph. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Collections of Thanksgiving artwork

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Copyright of artwork. Much, but not all, of the artwork linked to on this site is in the public domain worldwide due to the date of death of its author (if it is was published outside of the U.S. and the author has been dead for over 70 years), or due to its date of publication (if it was first made public in the U.S. before 1923), at least in the United States (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.), in Germany, and in many other countries.

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