|Date by the Fjord Hans Dahl. What is not to like about the girl's jaunty and curvacious hand-on-hip. I bet she gets a heck of a discount on the hay.|
Hans Dahl born 1847 in Norway died 1937. Lived long enough to see his works go from wildly popular to unfashionable, undoubtedly because even uneducated people enjoyed them.
|By the Water's Edge. If the secret to engaging art is to tell a story, Dahl succeeded. Details of boat's construction revealed.|
Boats, boats and more boats
|Freshwater fishing Jahn Ekenaes. Notice the position of the rower forward of where modern boats would place her. Also notice the beamy stern which serves as a work platform. The basket is a fish-trap|
|Changing of Meadow Rosa Bonheur. Once again we see a broadly beamed boat (a floating truck) with the oar-locks well forward of where our mental images suggests they should be. The sheep are being moved from one island to another.|
Unsolicited editorializing: If you asked most Americans to describe a "working boat" they would be likely to describe a 16' long jon boat with a 30 horsepower, outboard motor. There is nothing wrong with that kind of boat but as it is currently configured, it lacks many of the attributes of the traditional work-boat.
It would be interesting to install dual electric motors about a third the way aft of the bow and power them with a small, gas powered generator. That would leave the stern free as a working space and provide a great deal of maneuverability. Of course, it would not be able to go 30 mph.