Portland Observatory (Portland, Maine)
The Portland Observatory, built in 1807, is the last maritime signal tower from the "Golden Age Of Sail" left in the United States. It was built by former sea captain Samuel Moody as a business venture to give local merchants advanced notice of when their ships were approaching. A powerful telescope mounted in the top of the tower could see incoming vessels 30 miles away, and merchants who paid a $5.00 a year subscription fee would be alerted by signal flags that their ships were approaching, giving them time to get their crews down to the docks to unload and reload the ships faster than non-subscribing competitors.
This artwork is available as prints and greeting cards printed by the artist. All prints are hand-signed. Order securely online with Credit Card via Paypal (Paypal account not required.) Or you can Contact The Artist Directly to Order.
Purchase The Original Artwork
Original Portland Observaotry painting is done in oil pastel on 24x24 MDO board. Artwork is sealed with multiple coats of sealent and trimmed on the edges with 1/8", hand-varnished pine trim. Can be hung as-is without glass or framed like a traditional canvas.
(Ships Free in the United States.)
8x10 Artist Print with 11x14 Mat
8x10 art print is printed on acid free, 100% cotton fine art paper with a rich velvet texture and includes either a black or white acid free mat that fits standard size 11x14 frames. Ships in 3-5 business days.
11x14 Artist Print with 16x20 Mat
11x14 art print is printed on 100% cotton, acid free, velvet finish fine art paper. It includes either a black or white acid free mat that fits standard size 16x20 frames. Ships in 3-5 business days.
12x18 Artist Print with 18x24 Mat
12x18 fine art print, printed on 100% cotton, acid free, velvet finish paper. An 18x24 standard size black or white acid free mat is included. Ships in 3-5 business days.
Framed Portland Observatory Prints
Shown: 8x12 Print in 12x16 Frame
Fine art prints framed in a smooth black composite wood frame with a white mat. The 11x14 and 12x16 frames ship with a glass window. The 16x20 and 18x24 frames ship with a plexiglass window. Framed prints ship in 4-7 business days.
$60 to $120 +s/h
Portland Observatory Greeting Cards
8.5" x 5.5" greeting cards printed by the artist on heavyweight, textured premium cardstock with a matte finish. Cards are blank on the inside and include a matching envelope. Available in packs of either 10 or 20 cards. Greeting cards ship in 4-7 business days.
$25 to $40 +s/h