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On View East India Marine Hall, level 2

Object description

  • Michele Felice Corne (Italian and American, 1752-1845)
  • Captain John Barton, early 19th century
  • Oil on canvas
  • H: 27 in, W: 23 in, D: 1 in
  • Gift of Mary L. Barton , 1941
  • M5160
Michele Felice Cornè (Italian American, 1753-1845) Captain John Barton, early 19th century Oil on canvas United States Gift of Mary L. Barton through Mrs. Alice Nye, 1941 M5160 Captain John Barton (1774-1818) joined the East India Marine Society in September 1808. The artist who painted his portrait, Michele Felice Cornè, left war-torn Italy in 1800 and shipped to Salem, Massachusetts, on the vessel Mount Vernon, which was owned by the Derby family. He painted in Salem and Boston (1800-1822), then moved to Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to portraits and indoor murals, he painted decorative fireboards and overmantels.


This is a half-length portrait of John Barton. Barton has grey hair and a widow's peak. He wears a blue coat with a white shirt and neckcloth. There is a brown background.

Exhibition History

  • Michele Felice Corne: Versatile Neapolitan Painter, Peabody Museum of Salem, Salem, MA.; June 01, 1972 through August 30, 1972
  • East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum; November 15, 2013 through Present