Oil on canvas 20th
Unframed 24″ L x 20″ Framed
32″ x 28″
Presented is a classic painting of four unidentified
sailing ships in a scene that portrays what may have occurred in the early 1800’s. The vessel in the center may
arguably be a yacht or a gaff headed sloop rigged smack (a fishing vessel) on a broad reach. She is flying the U.S. Ensign
from her gaff. First, off her starboard bow, is a sloop to windward that is hard on the wind on a starboard tack. She
to is showing the U.S. flag. Next to the smack’s starboard beam is a frigate somewhat like the class of seven
that were in our Federal Navy around 1812. The frigate is sailing close hauled on the port tack with reefed
uppers. The U.S. Ensign fly’s from her mizzen, and a jack fly’s from her foremast truck. To the left, or port, of the smack,
is a brig sailing downwind under full sails on her foremast and furled lowers on her main mast. All the ships are
heeling to leeward and indicate a stiff breeze is blowing.
The sky is a brilliant blue with many fair weather clouds. A truly breath
taking work done in the style of the early 1800’s. On the lower right, it is signed Molyneux. A heavy custom
wood and gilded frame is included. The condition of the painting is excellent and shows a great deal of crackleure,
but it should be considered a recent work done in the style of the period.