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Louis Le Breton (1818-1866) was one of the most prolific nineteenth century marine painters. His work is known for its precise detail, presented in a lovely, artistic manner. These prints are typical of his work.
A beautifully drawn and lithographed print of a Thames sailing barge race. The Thames sailing barges were a commercial boat used on the Thames River during the nineteenth century. They were flat-bottomed and so could float in very shallow water; it was said that they could sail wherever a duck could swim. Their maneuverability and shallow draft made them perfect to work the Thomas and its estuary, though they were used elsewhere around England. Beginning in 1863, a barge owner, Henry Dodd, began an annual race for the barges, for fun, pride, to hone the sailing skills of the sailors, and to encourage improvements in design. Dodd was a plough boy who made a fortune disposing London's waste using the barges; upon his death in 1881 he left £5000 for future match prizes, ensuring the continuation of the races. The matches have been run intermittently since, and they are now considered the world's second oldest sailing race, after the America's Cup. This lovely print shows the fifth annual race, in July 1867. It was drawn, lithographed and published by Josiah Taylor, a well-known marine artist of the period. $1,400
"The Schooner Edward A. Horton, as she Appeared Rounding Eastern Point Light, Gloucester, Mass. Oct. 18, 1871, After Her Re-capture from the Canadian Government by Capt. Knowlton and His Gallant Crew of Six Men." Washington: Haskell and Allen, 1871. 17 1/2 x 24 1/4 (image). Chromolithograph printed in Boston. Very good condition. Framed.
On September 1, 1871 the Gloucester fishing schooner Edward A. Horton, while on a trip to the Cape Shore, was seized by a Canadian Cutter for fishing inside the three-mile limit. Captain Knowlton, determined to get her back, sneaked on board the schooner with six men and quietly sailed the ship out to sea and back to Gloucester harbor. This print depicts the moment the Horton arrives in her home port with people on shore celebrating her return. $1,400
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