An artist, inventor, and the founder of Scientific American, Rufus Porter (1792–1884) was once described by Time magazine as ‘Yankee da Vinci’. His panoramic New England landscape murals are on show here alongside designs for rifles and flying machines. Find out more from Bowdoin’s website.
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Submarine Sighting Mechanism (1806), Robert Fulton. Library of Congress
Plumb and level indicator (c. 1846), invention of Rufus Porter, engraver unknown. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick. Photo: Luc Demers
‘The Traveling Balloon’, illustration in Scientific American (1845), Rufus Porter. Courtesy American Antiquarian Society
Martha Swan Flagg (c. 1830), attributed to Rufus Porter. Photo: David Bohl