SEARSPORT — The Stephen Phillips Memorial Library at Penobscot Marine Museum will exhibit nine paintings by Frederic Schiller Cozzens in the Phyllis E. Dillon Reading Room from now until the end of June.
Cozzens was born in New York City in 1846, the son of writer Frederic Swartout Cozzens. His early paintings, done between 1872 and 1874, show an impressive, fully developed talent. He became a successful and popular artist through his work as a free-lance newspaper illustrator when photographs could not be printed directly by newspaper presses.
In 1884, Cozzens did a group of watercolors, “American Yachts: Their Clubs and Races,” which brought him widespread recognition and remain his most famous work. His career as an artist was launched, and immediately took off in two directions, one as a painter of pleasure boats, the other as a naval artist. He later extended his field of interest to fishing boats and schooners in some of his most experimental and restrained work. A few of these works are included in the library’s exhibit.