Art: Oil & Salt

Manhattan's massive Metropolitan Museum of Art lay awash this week in a show of pictures and ship models illustrating the history of the U.S. Navy. It was the un-arty kind of exhibition that brings in people who ordinarily would not bother to go into an art museum. It also included some topgallant art.

One of the earliest and best paintings on show was Edward Savage's formal portrait of Commodore Abraham Whipple, the hard-bitten New Englander who won the first sea battle of the Revolution, off Jamestown, R.I. and later snatched eight ships by stealth...

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