Lot 464: Antonio Jacobsen (Dutch/American)
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Antonio Jacobsen (Dutch/American, 1850-1921), "Schooner Blakely", 1919, oil on board, signed and dated lower right, "New York Frames & Pictures, N.Y.C." label en verso, 20 in. x 35 3/4 in., period frame. Provenance: Descended in the family of Captain Lemuel Alton Scott (1879-1945). Note: Antonio Jacobsen, known as the most prolific American marine painter, immigrated from his hometown of Copenhagen to New Jersey at just 18 years old. Situated across New York Harbor from Manhattan, Jacobsen had significant access to the ships waiting at port and was known for accuracy in his works. The depiction offered here of the Blakely, a schooner built by the Hall Brothers of Bainbridge Island, WA, incorporates this meticulous attention to minutiae, with detailed rigging and billowing sails. In 1919, the Blakely was purchased and refitted with modern conveniences in Tacoma, WA, by Lemuel Alton Scott; the schooner brought lumber to Washington state and then was loaded with sugar to bring to the Atlantic coast. Captain Lemuel Scott worked with his brother, Jewett McLaughlin Scott (1873-1929), for the J.M. Scott & Bros. Company in the Bank of Mobile Building, Mobile, AL. The brothers worked as lumber exporters, shipyard owners, and merchants with alternate locations in New York, NY and Bluefields, Nicaragua. The Scott brothers were born on Cayman Brac, one of the Cayman Islands in the British West Indies. A ship captain, Lemuel Scott moved his family to Mobile, AL in 1912 the brothers owned many ships such as the Blakely, the Hilbert L. Smith (also offered in this sale), the Salem, and the Mabel Gale. The Scott brothers business was a profitable one; ships with their wares sailed throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, South America, the West Indies, and Europe. Ref.: National Marine Number Shipping. Vol. 11. New York: Shipping Publishing Co., Inc., 1920; The Morning Oregonian. Portland, OR. Thursday, May 15, 1919.