Engraving on paper
Dated March 1929
Unframed 17 1/2″ L x 13″ H
Framed 23 3/4″ x 19 7/8″
Presented is an engraving of the British
Clipper ship Bangalore as she heels on a port tack under reduced canvas into to a rolling head sea. The Bangalore
was nearly the final stage in the development of sailing merchant vessels. The engraving is signed in pencil in the lower
right, and marked and numbered in the upper left.
THE ARTIST: Burnell Poole,
(1884-1933), spent years at sea in the North Atlantic with the U.S. Navy during WW One . Thirty years before our
navy had combat artists, Poole recorded the warships in action. The U.S. Navy has less than two dozen works of art recording
this period, and Poole’s contributions number five. They were commissioned by E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company,
and donated to the Naval Historical Foundation between 1928 and 1929 to commemorate the Navy’s participation in the
war. These paintings, owned by the Navy Historical Foundation, are on exhibit in Washington, DC. Later, he turned to
portraying the sea, by mastering the technique of engraving and dry-point. He earned a reputation as being the greatest American
marine artists in those techniques. In 1922, he was being compared favorably to Englishman, Arthur Briscoe,
1873-1943. Poole also did engravings of many famous sailing yachts and ships, and a portfolio of twenty of these works
was recently for sale for $12,500.00 for the lot.
The engraving has been recently framed and is
available with a similar engraving by the artist of a Clipper Ship running down wind under all sails titled
“Stunsails Alow & Aloft”. This engraving is unframed.