FREDERIC COZZENS1846 - 1928
A marine painter and illustrator, Frederick Schiller Cozzens was born in New York City in 1846. Cozzens studied at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, from 1864 to 1867, but did not complete his degree. He became an illustrator for magazines such as Harper’s Weekly and the Daily Graphic. He is best known for a series of chromolithographs of his watercolors, reproduced by Scribner’s as a portfolio entitled America Yachts: Their Clubs and Races. He also illustrated the books “Yacht & Yachting” and “Our Navy: Its Growth and Achievements”. After 1899, he spent most of his time on private watercolor commissions, primarily of such marine subjects as vessels, fishermen, and scenes of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. He exhibited at the Boston Art Club, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Mystic Seaport Association, and the Penobscot Marine Museum. He died in New York in 1928. The Mystic Seaport Museum held a retrospective of his work in 1983. His artwork can be seen at the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; the Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston; the New York Yacht Club, NYC; and the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut.