Marine painter Marshall Johnson was born in Boston in 1850. At age 18, he was a sailor aboard the Sunbeam, bound for South America. The ship burned at sea, but he was rescued. Johnson returned to Boston, studied with William E. Norton, and then established his own studio on India Wharf. He studied in Holland, France, and England on an 1887 trip. During the last two decades of the 19th Century, his works were very popular. He died in 1921. His work is displayed at the Peabody Museum in Salem, MA.