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James E.  Buttersworth (1817-1894) "America's Cup yacht, Magic", Oil on canvas.  14" x 22".

What to look for in a painting by James Edward Buttersworth.

Posted: August 25, 2010 08:37 Last Updated: | James Puzinas

James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894), was a 19th century artist that many consider to be one of the finest American marine painters of his time. Paintings by Buttersworth have been treasured and collected by museums and collectors for many generations. Although some of his works may be purchased for less than $100K, strong examples of his most desirable paintings can be worth hundreds of thousands dollars. If you are considering acquiring a work by this artist, there are several factors to keep in mind. The Gold Standard – Not just any yachting scene, but an America’s Cup yachting scene. ...

Fitz Henry Lane, The Yacht “America” Winning the International Race, 1851.  Collection of Peabody Essex Museum.

Fitz Henry Lane as art teacher to William Bradford

Posted: August 04, 2010 17:39 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Ever since scholars began to pry into the life of the 19th century American marine painter Fitz Henry (formerly Hugh) Lane, they have been aware of Lane’s role as an art instructor to a Mrs. Mary Mellen, a personal friend of Lane’s and the unfortunate possessor of limited artistic skills.  So narrow has the academic focus been upon Mary Mellen that over time a belief has arisen declaring her to have been Lane’s only student.  Yet in-depth analysis of significant paintings combined with new testimony penned by a Mr. John Trask, Fitz Henry Lane’s next door neighbor, close per...

Fitz Henry Lane, Sicilian Vespers, 1832, lithograph.

New Fitz Henry Lane artwork: the lithograph Sicilian Vespers

Posted: July 28, 2010 21:20 Last Updated: | James A. Craig

Fitz Henry (formerly "Hugh") Lane’s career as an artist officially began in the year 1832, when at the age of 27, he was hired by Pendleton’s Lithography firm in Boston to serve as an apprentice. As the earliest known lithographic creation by Lane had been his "View of the Old Building at the Corner of Ann Street," 1835, it was long supposed that it had taken Lane roughly three years of instruction at Pendleton’s to master the medium of lithography.  Yet, new findings from the archives of the Boston Athenaeum now reveal that Lane pretty much hit the ground running when he came...

Frank Vining Smith, The Red Jacket, 1922.  Oil on canvas, 24 x 28 in.  Private Collection.

Frank Vining Smith: Maritime Painting in the 20th Century

Posted: July 13, 2010 22:04 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The marine art of Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967) has become part of America's collective consciousness. When we envision a wind-propelled sailing ship plying the high seas, often the image in our mind's eye is inspired by, if not actually painted by, Smith. Prints of his ship paintings adorn seafood restaurant walls, original oils grace art museums and corporate office suites, and his best works now inspire collectors to bid upwards of $25,000 at auctions. The life and work of this beloved artist of America's great age of sail has finally been rightfully recognized with the thoroughly-r...

"Washing over Gull Rock", Oil on board, 29" x 36"

Jay Hall Connaway Revisited

Posted: May 28, 2010 11:17 Last Updated: | James Puzinas

Our gallery has sold many paintings by the American artist Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) over the years.  So it is with great pleasure that we greet the current reappraisal of Connaway's lengthy career recently undertaken by two prominent New England museums. Beginning with the Portland (ME)  Museum of Art exhibition last fall of 39 paintings  by Connaway donated by Mrs. Marjorie Osbourne and culiminating with an ambitious show currently on exhibit at the Shelburne (VT) Museum through October 24, 2010, we are able to closely examine and appreciate the paintings...

Dine under Jacobsen paintings at "The Gris."

Perennial Favorite: Getaway to 'The Gris'

Posted: August 20, 2009 00:11 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

As much a museum as it is an authentic Colonial tavern, Connecticut's Griswold Inn famously houses the largest privately-owned collection of paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), America's most prolific marine artist.   Since 1776, travelers have clamored here to dine, sleep, and sing sea shanties. The current owners, the Paul family, have extended the art collection and lately, added a wine bar which has kindled its own audience. New York magazine toasted the inn's cozy Tap Room, clad in maritime antiques: "It just may be the best drinking room anywhere in America." ...

A whale's tooth from Darwin's historic round-the-world journey heads to auction

A Whale's Tooth Steeped in Historical Significance

Posted: July 28, 2009 14:07 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Sailing to auction this fall is a 7-inch-long whale’s tooth decorated by private James Bute of the Royal Marines while aboard the ship from which Charles Darwin surveyed the Galapagos Islands in 1835. Darwin made significant scientific observations from the H.M.S Beagle which formed the basis of his seminal work, “The Origin of Species.” The hand-engraved ivory depicts the three-masted sloop H.M.S. Beagle slicing through rough waters against a mountain backdrop. With a high estimate of 50,000 pounds, the carved tooth will be auctioned by Bonhams in London on Sept. 16. Known as scr...

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