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AMERICAN PRIVATEER "TOPAZ" SHIP PORTRAIT Ca 1807 T. BUTTERSWORTH FOLLOWER

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This Fine Painting Has Been Sold. Thank You!
 
AMERICAN ARMED SCHOONER "TOPAZ" 
OIL ON CANVAS
20th Cent.

 

 
 
 
 
 
Oil on canvas                                                                                         20th Century
Unframed 19" L x 15 1/2"                                                                   Framed 24" x 20"
Unsigned                                       
 
 
Presented is a painting of  the armed American Schooner "TOPAZ" of Baltimore under the command of Captain Nichol lying peacefully in Canton Harbor. It replicates the Thomas Butterworth painting of 1810 in exact detail.
 
On August 3, 1807, Topaz figured in a well publicized incident with the HMS "DIANA"  while anchored in the Macao Roads. In violation of international law, Captain Kempton, of the Royal Navy boarded the Topaz by force and in the ensuing fight Captain Nichol was killed and eight of his men were wounded. The Topaz was sent to Calcutta as a prize. The act aroused American shipmasters in Canton which banded together and formed their own battle fleet and prepared for armed conflict with the British. Further bloodshed was averted by a truce between the British Commodore and the quasi American fleet, but it was acts like this that lead, in part, to the War of 1812. [Ref The History of Early Relations between The United States and China, 1784-1844, by Kenneth Scott Latourette, Yale University Press, 1917]
 
A heavy custom wood and gilded frame is included. The condition of the painting is excellent. It is nicely colored and the draftsmanship of the artist is exceptional. As was the practice of Chinese artisans, it is unsigned.
 
 
                      The Thomas Butterworth Painting Ca 1810 - 32 x 44 Inches Framed 
 
SHIP PORTRAITS: There were numerous artists who painted  portraits of Western vessels throughout the Orient and some migrated to Europe to practice their craft. Their paintings were somewhat flat in their style, and more simply executed than European and American artists. Frequently the ships and landscapes in the backgrounds gave an indication of where they were painted. The paintings may have age crackles in their varnish, and many of them are in poor condition requiring restoration. They were frequently presented with a carved wooden frame, in the so called Chinese Chippendale. Chinese craftsmen proved adept at copying Western styles and industrial-style workshops employed crews of low-paid artisans to create the wares that were sold at trade centers called "hongs," originally along the Pearl River at Canton and later throughout Asia. Since the artists considered themselves no more than workmen, most did not sign their works.

Today, signed paintings by the few that did such as Spoilum, Lamqua, Foeiqua, Sunqua and Tinqua can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars so that China Trade paintings are one of the most desirable items to have in any collection of marine art or nautical antiques.

Today, there are a few artists that have spent years studying the style of the old masters whose works carry on their tradition. This painting should be considered as being done by one of the followers of Thomas Buttersworth.

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A ship portrait in the classic style of Thomas Buttersworth. 

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