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1887 AMERICA'S CUP
THISTLE vs. VOLUNTEER

 

 
Sold With Only a Modest Reserve for this Quality
Oil on canvas                                                                       Unsigned
Unframed 15 1/2" L x 15 1/4" H                                         Framed 22 1/2"L x 18 3/4" H
 
Presented is an original oil painting on canvas of the America's Cup race between the Scottish challenger "THISTLE" against the defender VOLUNTEER". The race took place in New York Bay in August, 1887. The aged looking painting is heavily crackled and handsomely framed in period style gilded wood. The painting is done by an artist trained in the style of the period who is a master of his craft. Consequently, It should be considered of recent vintage. The artist captures the excitement of sailing said by side in a fresh breeze, cutting though the chops with all sails set under a cloudy bright sky of brilliant blues and white.
 
 
 
 
 
BRIEF HISTORY OF THISTLE VS VOLUNTEER: The only challenge to come from Scotland for the America's Cup in THISTLE in 1887 was instrumental in the New York Yacht Club again changing the Deed of Gift after finding itself under time pressure to construct a defender capable of meeting a challenger. THISTLE was designed by the legendary Scottish designer, G L Watson but was defeated decisively by the Defender, Volunteer.
Halsey Herreshoff writes "Despite secrecy on both sides of the Atlantic the challenger and defender of 1887 were remarkably similar. Both George L. Watson's THISTLE and Edward (Ned) Burgess's VOLUNTEER were clipper-bowed sloops having large low sail plans. Even their hull lines were strikingly similar, though VOLUNTEER had a larger beam/draft ratio in keeping with the aforementioned national practices. A substantial difference was that VOLUNTEER was fitted with a centerboard that greatly enhanced her pointing ability to windward.
 
Volunteer's lines are particularly natural and pleasing. This triumph of Edward Burgess decisively beat her predecessor yachts PURITAN and MAYFLOWER and was named the Cup Defender after an abbreviated set of trials. She then decisively won the 1887 Cup Races."  
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An beautiful painting that captures the romance of the early America's Cup Saga.

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