Steamboat Paintings by John Fryant

John Fryant is widely known in the steamboat community for his model boat building plans, the model boats he has built and restored, and his art. Here at the Steamboat Museum, we were fortunate to acquire these John Fryant pieces for the museum. Descriptions written and provided by John Fryant.


Julia Belle Swain pencil drawing - artist's collection.


This painting was completed in 2007 and was done in anticipation of the Belle of Louisville's then-upcoming 100th anniversary. It shows the Belle at shore on the right with a crew member pointing to a ghostly steamboat coming by out of the morning fog. It is the Idlewild, which was the Belle as originally built in 1914.
Time Traveler painting - acrylic on canvas - author's collection.


Steamer Tacoma - Acrylic on masonite board. Owned by Joseph Ted Davisson, New Orleans, LA


John W. Lane Ohio River Ferry at Gallipolis, Ohio. Acrylic on masonite board. Artist's collection.


New Orleans, 1811. First Steamboat on the Western Rivers. Colored pencil & acrylic on paper Artist's collection


Duncan Bruce diesel towboat as built in 1927. Colored pencil on paper. Owned by Ed Shearer, Houston TX


Tell City - Oil on Canvas. Owned by Hotel Lafayette, Marietta, Ohio.


Cold landing is an acrylic painting done for Harry Robinson, Marietta Ohio. (editor's note - this print is available)

More John Fryant pages at the Steamboat Museum:
model boats
model boat plans
artwork (you are here)
restoration of a Delta Queen model
John Fryant - biographical info.
contact John Fryant to purchase prints, model plans, or to commission work.
Also visit the Model boat index at


With the exception of images credited to public institutions,
everything on this page is from a private collection.
Please contact for permission for commercial use.*