Oil on canvas 20th
Unframed 24″ L x 12″ Framed
32″ x 20″
Signed F. Thomas B (illegible) LR
Presented is a classic painting of
an unidentified extreme barque rigged clipper ship under full sails. She is sailing close to the wind,
gracefully cutting through medium seas with a “bone in her teeth”. There are a large number of other sailing vessels
in the background so that she is likely approaching a major port. From the truck of her main and fore mast fly
two pennants, one of which is likely the House Flag, and the other a “homing pennant”. A U.S. ensign with thirty
stars, fly’s from her mizzen.
The sky is a brilliant blue with many fair weather clouds. A truly
majestic ship done in the ship portrait style of the 1850’s. On the lower right, it is signed F. Thomas “B” which then
become illegible. A heavy custom wood and gilded frame is included. The condition of the painting
is excellent and shows a great deal of crackleure.