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Object ID 1927.009
Object Name Painting
Title Water Witch of the Waves / The Sea Green Lady
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of Thomas H.H. Messenger
Date 1840
Artist John Archibald Woodside, Sr.
Made John Archibald Woodside, Sr.
Description Framed painted panel from a hand engine entitled, "The Sea Green Lady / Water Witch of the Waves." The image is painted on a convex wood panel and presents a wind-blown lady in a long blue dress that is pushed back to reveal the lower half of her right leg. The subject is shown at an angle floating over the waves and has an open book in her right hand and a pink scarf at her shoulders. There is a ship in the left background.

The painting is not signed by the artist but has an inscription on the back of the panel: "This Is one of the panels off of the gallery of the old hand engine of the Water Witch Fire Company No. 5 of Wilmington. It represents the Sea Green Lady (Witch of the Waves). This was painted by Woodside, a celebrated artist in his day. On the establishing of a paid Fire Dept., this was given to the Society by T. H. H. Messenger, who had purchased it from the company. Foster C. Messenger, the father, and T.H.H. Messenger, the son, both in their day worked on the old engine."
Dimensions H-23.5 W-18.25 D-1.75 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions
Owned The Water Witch Fire Company (organized March 13, 1833)
Provenance One of the panels off the gallery of an old hand engine of the Water Witch Fire Company #5 of Wilmington. The painting was given to the Society by Thomas H.H. Messenger when the city established a paid fire department. Messenger purchased the painting from the Company. Both Thomas Messenger (a member in 1897) and his father, Foster C. Messenger (joined the company in April 1839) worked on the old engine.
Subjects Art
Fire engines & equipment
People Woodside, John Archibald
Messenger, Thomas H.
Messenger, Foster C.
Search Terms Water Witch Fire Company
John Archibald Woodside, Sr.
Water Witch of the Waves
Sea Green Lady
Nineteenth Century
Fire Engines
New Castle County
Place of Origin Philadelphia
Medium Oil on wood panel