Heading Bonhams Marine Sale are Inaugural America's Cup Scenes, Where Queen Victoria was one Amused Spectator

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  • February 18, 2010

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Timothy Franklin Ross Thompson (British, born 1951) America, romping home to victory, 22nd August 1851. Estimate: £25,000 – 35,000.
Bonhams & Butterfields

Three 20th century paintings of the first America's Cup sailing regatta of 1851, the oldest continuous sporting trophy in history, are highlights at The Marine Sale at Bonhams on 24th March 2010.

The three pictures offered for sale depict –

America and her rivals on the start line, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches. Estimate: £25,000 - 35,000.

Arrow and Alarm, oil on canvas, 20 x 40 inches. Estimate: £15,000 - 20,000.
In 1851, both the Arrow, now under the ownership of Mr. Thomas Chamberlayne, and the Alarm were amongst the fourteen yachts contesting the Hundred Guineas Cup with the yacht America. At the Nab light vessel, marking the eastern end of the course, Arrow was in the lead when America, it was said, following a second set of rules, cut inside, and although chased by the rest of the fleet, put herself into such a commanding position, that the Arrow, attempting to pass her again off Ventnor, ran aground. The Alarm turned to rescue her, but in doing so was also left behind and retired.

America romping home to victory, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches. Estimate: £25,000 - 35,000.

Widely regarded as the most famous yacht race ever, it was convincingly won by the New York Yacht Club's schooner America, so convincingly in fact that Queen Victoria's question "Who came second?" was famously answered by "Ah, your Majesty, there is no second."

Alistair Laird, Head of Marine Pictures, says "These three pictures by Tim Thompson are the most impressive depictions of the inaugural America's Cup race I have ever handled."

Enquiries – Alistair Laird on 0207 468 8211 or alistair.laird@bonhams.com


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