Raleigh, Charles Sidney                                                                                                                               
                                                                                            (American  1830 - 1925)                                                                                                                                                             Oil on canvas, of the two masted schooner M.H. Read, signed lower left and dated 1876.  This is one of Raleigh's large and finest works.  The color is extremely bright and rich.  The painting depicts a port view of the schooner M.H. Read.   The vessel has a well detailed billet head with trail board bearing the vessels name.  M.H. Read appears on a quarterboard near the stern.  The vessel is under full sail and she is flying the American flag off the gaff.  To the right on the horizon in the distance is a primitive rendering of a transitional steamsail vessel.  The water is beautifully highlighted around the vessel and one can sense the wind swept water spraying against the bow.  (PA-838)    

Condition of painting:  Refer to condition report from Yost Restoration.
Condition of frame:  The frame is in excellent condition and has a warm patina.  There is a beautifully detailed burnished gold decoration with a star pattern going around the perimeter of the liner.
Dimensions of painting:  34 x 44 inches.  
Dimensions with frame: 42 x 52 inches.  
NOTE:  The M.H. Read was built in 1854 in Port Jefferson, New York.  Her home port was New Bedford and W.J. Benson was her master.  The painting was purchased from a descendant of the New Bedford Bensons whose father was captain and owner of the vessel.