Americans down by the water or on it only a few centuries back. Thomas Birch, artist (1779-1851). The son of artist William Birch, he was English born but came to America in his youth and painted here.

"View of the Delaware near Philadelphia." Early 19th c.
“View of the Delaware near Philadelphia.” Early 19th c. Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Daderot. Cc0 License 1.0. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:View_of_the_Delaware_near_Philadelphia_by_Thomas_Birch,_1831_-_Corcoran_Gallery_of_Art_-_DSC01111.JPG
New_York_Battery_Park_1810
“New York, Battery Park and the harbor 1810.” 1810. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:New_York_Battery_Park_1810.jpg
'An_American_Shore_Scene'_by_Thomas_Birch,_1827
“An American Shore Scene.” 1827. Oil on canvas. Private collection. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%27An_American_Shore_Scene%27_by_Thomas_Birch,_1827.jpg
1280px-Thomas_Birch_-_Skating
“Skating.” ca. 1830-40. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Birch_-_Skating.jpg

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