America's Cup Yachts Galatea and Mayflower
James E Buttersworth (1817–1894)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
Sight size: 8 x 12 in. (20.32 x 30.48 cm)
Framed sized: 17 x 21 in. (43.18 x 53.34 cm)
This stunning painting depicts the British yacht Galatea and the American yacht Mayflower as they competed for the America's Cup in New York Harbor Sept. 7th, 1886.
Buttersworth had a profound impact on marine painting in America, dominating the genre for sixty years. Born in England in 1817, Buttersworth is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. His forte was in portraying the majesty, grace and motion of sailing vessels, rendered in meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth lived in West Hoboken, New Jersey for many years, returning to England in 1851 for the Race for the Hundred Pound Cup that took place on 22 August 1851. His sketches and paintings of that yachting competition provide the definitive record of events in that benchmark season of sailing.
Buttersworth's paintings of the 1893 Vigilant vs. Valkyrie II Cup match, done one year before his death, completed the chronicling of America's Cup races by oil painting just before the advent of successful photographic imagery. He was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1999. About 600 of his pieces survive today, which are found in private collections and museums all over the United States, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Virginia, and have also been featured on the television series Antiques Roadshow.
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