Camouflaged ships, Casco Bay, 1918

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Camouflaged ships, Casco Bay, 1918

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American artist Xanthus Smith, painted this watercolor of World War I ships in Casco Bay in September 1918. A resident of Pennsylvania, Smith often traveled to the Maine coast during his career.

This brightly colored camouflage was known as ‘Dazzle’ or ‘Razzle Dazzle’, a paint scheme credited to artist Norman Wilkinson and used extensively during World War I.

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  • Title: Camouflaged ships, Casco Bay, 1918
  • Creator: Xanthus Smith
  • Creation Date: 1918
  • Subject Date: 1918
  • Location: Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Watercolor on paper
  • Dimensions: 17 cm x 25 cm
  • Local Code: 2001.313.003
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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