The Brig Janus


Nearing the coastal waters off Massachusetts on the morning of June 30, approximately one and a half sailing days from Boston, the Janus encountered large flocks of birds swimming upon a mirror-smooth sea. At nine o'clock a sounding was made, and near ten o'clock the ship's boat was taken out with Bodmer aboard. According to Maximilian's journal entry for this day, Bodmer made "a very accurate drawing" of the Janus as viewed from the smaller craft.

Original German Title



pencil on paper


12 x 16 3/4

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Approximate Date of Creation

30th June 1832

References in Journal

June 30, 1832