Ship with three sails unfurled sailing to left in image. U.S. flag off right bow of ship.
Americans were proud of the ability of their clipper ships to quickly travel to and from seaports around the world. The ships sailed in all sorts of weather, including hurricanes and snowstorms, such as the one pictured in this lithograph. The design of this image may have been influenced by the aesthetic of Japanese prints. Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s and prints and other Japanese objects were of great interest when they arrived in western ports. Japanese designs became fashionable and many artists used the eastern aesthetic in their work.