A210: The Yacht 'America'
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© The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath
|Title||The Yacht 'America'|
|Object type||In category: Pictures » Painting|
Fowles, Arthur Wellington (British painter ca.1815-1883) (known) - Painter(s)
|Place of origin||Europe » Northern Europe » British Isles » Great Britain » England|
29.5 cm height sight
44.0 cm width sight
42.0 cm height frame
56.7 cm width frame
3.0 cm depth frame
|Materials & techniques||
Pictures: Medium » Paint » Oil paint
Pictures: Support » Canvas
|Description||Seascape: two-masted racing yacht flying American flags, with two larger vessels in background to left and right. Legs of figures visible behind sails. Open sea with stormy sky.|
|Marks and inscriptions||
America was a fast racing schooner designed by George Steers for The New York Yacht Club. She was the first winner in what became known as the “America’s Cup” race in 1851.
Fowles was an English artist who specialised in painting yachting scenes, and may have been based on the Isle of Wight.
This is one of the few paintings in the collection that are contemporary with Holburne. It is likely that he bought it direct from the artist in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, where it was painted and where Holburne regularly spent his summer holidays. It is signed and dated by the artist. He owned another seascape by Fowles, also in the museum collection, an image of the ship, the Duke of Wellington (A193).
|Muse theme||The Art of Collecting
The History of the Holburne Collection » Sir William Holburne and his Collection » The Founder: Sir William Holburne of Menstrie (1793-1874)
Oil paintings in the Holburne Museum
|Method of acquisition||Bequest|
Presumably purchasedfrom the artist by Sir William Holburne (1793-1874); recorded in Sir William's collection by 1867; by whom by whom bequeathed to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882); by whom bequeathed to the Museum
Title of exhibition: Town House Treasures: Sir William Holburne of Bath