Clement Drew b. 1806, Kingston, MA; d. 1889, Roxbury, MA.
Born in Kingston, Massachusetts, Clement Drew settled in Boston and became a marine painter of harbor
scenes and vessels at sea. Most of his marine paintings were done between 1838 and 1886, and his earliest
paintings were views of Boston's south shore. He later traveled extensively, from Maine to the Grand Banks
off Newfoundland, to Cape Horn and then San Francisco.
He held many jobs besides that of artist and began working in Boston in a dry goods store in 1827. He also
worked in a library, sold carpets, and had his own store to do framing and sell art supplies. He was also an
abolitionist joining forces with William Lloyd Garrison in the fight to end slavery.
Drew's works are included in the permanent collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, the Shelburne
VT, Museum, the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY, and the Mystic CT, Museum, to name a few.
Credit: Groce and Wallace, "The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
"Boston Harbor 1878".
Signed C. Drew, lower left, and inscribed en verso.
Oil on Canvas. 20" x 30".