Exceptionally fine and important oil on canvas signed: 'J E Buttersworth', American, circa 1875. This painting depicts a yacht flying the Brooklyn Yacht Club Burgee followed by the famous Yacht Mohawk off the New York Yacht Club station at Staten Island. Between the yachts is the stake boat at anchor flying the American flag having fired the cannon signaling the winning of the race with fire and smoke billowing from the cannon. To the right is the NYYC station with a dock and a building on a wharf. From the top of the building there is an American flag flying from the top gable. A crowd of spectators are standing on the wharf in front of the building. To the far left trailing in the race are a group of schooner yachts sailing up the Verrazano narrows. The sky is painted in typical Buttersworth fashion, but is more dramatic than most. There is a light blue and gray sky with billowy clouds to the right with a sunburst in the upper right corner. Buttersworth is depicting a breezy day with the white highlighting of the wind swept water. The action is accelerated by the flapping and taking-in of the fore jib and main topsail. The references below refer to three other known similar compositions by James Buttersworth. (PA-870)
Dimensions of Painting: Height 14 inches, Width 22 inches
Dimensions of Frame: Height 19 1/2 inches, Width 27 1/2 inches
Condition of Painting: Refer to condition report by Yost Restoration
Condition of frame: The painting has a modern third quarter nineteenth century style frame
Reference 1: Rousmaniere, John, 'The New York Yacht Club A History', New York Yacht Club, 2009, p. 308. Towards the back of this book is Chapter 17 titled 'Gems of the Collection' which features the most prized and revered items in the collection of the NYYC. Featured is a similar painting by Buttersworth of similar size and with less detail and drama. This painting depicts Columbia at the center having passed the stakeboat. The NYYC painting has had alot of restoration.
Reference 2: Schaefer, Rudolph J., 'J.E. Buttersworth 19-Century Marine Painter', Mystic, Connecticut: Mystic,Seaport, 2009, p. 165. Illustrated full page color is another version also featuring Columbia and measuring only 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches. This painting is in the collection of the Mystic Seaport Collection.
Reference 3: Granby, Alan and Janice Hyland, 'Flying the Colors', Mystic Seaport, 2009, p. 202. A third very large version featuring the Yacht Dauntless crossing the finish line is illustrated full page.