Piece together art from PEM's Collections! Salem Common was once used as pasture for farm animals and also as a practice area for military training, seen here in this 1808 oil painting from George Ropes Jr. Documents suggest that men practiced their skill with firearms there as early as 1685.
300 Piece Puzzle
Completed Puzzle: 12 x 16 inches
George Ropes Jr.
Salem Common on Training Day, 1808
Oil on canvas
35 x 52 3/4 inches (88.9 x 133.985 cm)
Museum purchase, 1919
Courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Mark Sexton.
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