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America’s Patrick O’Brian isn’t a writer; he’s a painter
November/December 2006 | Volume 57, Issue 6
During the age of fighting sail, artists painted ships and seamen in highly realistic fashion, and most of the paintings of them date from their own day. That day was a long one, but square-rigged wooden-hulled warships were a stable technology, and taste in depicting them was stable too.