CLIPPER SHIP ELIZABETH OIL ON BOARD
Jerome Howes (1955 – )
Oilon board 20th Century Viewing area 23 1/2 x 35 1/2
3/4″ x 42″Signed LR Jerome Howes
Presented is a carefully crafted
and painted oil of the American Clipper Ship Elizabeth as Jerome Howes imagined her to look in the 1860’s. The ship portrait is in the classic style, but very much of
the American School, in colors and execution. The ELIZABETH is under shortened sail with her uppers furled,
her working sails set except for the mizzen course, and her stays’l bagged. Her black
hull has gold scroll work on the cutwater and on the rubbing strake with a black sheer line is a typical
scheme of this period. She is sailing close to the wind, gracefully cutting through medium seas with a “bone
in her teeth”. There is a rocky coast line off her starboard bow. The American ensign with 48 Stars, and three signal flags fly’s
from her mizzen. The vessel’s name board is just below the aft doghouse. Her crew is shown working the ship while her
captain peers ahead through his telescope.
Unframed signed lower right
The sky is a brilliant blue with many fair weather
clouds. A truly majestic ship done in the ship portrait style of the 1860’s. A heavy custom wood and bullion
gilt frame is included. The condition of the painting is excellent and shows a great deal of detail and realistic
figures of the crew. It was purchased at auction in New England.
is no question that Howes has captured the ship realistically and portrays her sails and rigging accurately.
Clipper Bow Section
Midships with detailed crew Sweeping Aft Section
Howes signature lower right
A ship portrait in a distinctively American style and
appearance that is worthy of the most discrininating marine art afficenado
Jerome Howes was born May 25, 1955, a thirteenth generation Cape Codder.
His father was a paintings and antiques dealer in Brewster who specialized in marine paintings and artifacts and had an extensive
private collection of 19th century ship portraits, both sail and steam. Howes grew up with a deep appreciation of the American
painting tradition, and especially the marine tradition.
Largely self-taught, in 1994, Howes devoted himself to painting
and quickly gained a name and a following on his native Cape Cod, and Nantucket and the Vineyard. Howes currently divides
his time between the rural landscape of Vermont, where he lives with his wife and three daughters, and Cape Cod.Ship portraits were
a favorite subject of master painters of many nationalities and provide a lasting remembrance of a romantic and beautiful
period when sailing ships ruled the oceans. Some of the better known American painters who recorded this period of our history
were James and Thomas Butterworth, Antonio Jacobsen, Fitz Henry Lane, John Stobart, William R. Davis, and William Stubbs
to mention only a few. Recently, Jerome Howe popularity gives rise to his joining this list of dignitaries. We believe Howes to be one of the great marine painters of the 20th