The American Ship Marcus in Rotterdam


The voyage to North America began on the morning of May 7, 1832, when Prince Maximilian departed Neuwied for the Dutch port of Rotterdam on the Rhine steamer Concordia. With him were Bodmer and David Dreidoppel, an experienced hunter and taxidermist. Arriving at Rotterdam on May 9, the travelers put up at a hotel to await transport to the channel mouth at Helvoetsluys. On May 13, Bodmer made this watercolor study of an American ship in the harbor.

Original German Title

Das Americanische schiff Marcus zu Rotterdam


watercolor on paper


6 3/8 x 8 5/8

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Approximate Date of Creation

13th May 1832

References in Journal

May 14, 1832