William Alexander Coulter (1849 - 1936)

Lot 14: Attributed to William Alexander Coulter, (1849 - 1936 Sausalito, CA), S.S. City of Peking at sea, Oil on canvas laid to masonite, 18" H

John Moran Auctioneers

March 27, 2018
Monrovia, CA, US

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Description: Attributed to William Alexander Coulter (1849 - 1936 Sausalito, CA)
S.S. City of Peking at sea
Oil on canvas laid to masonite
Unsigned
18" H x 23" W

Provenance: Private Collection, Pasadena, CA.

Notes: Framed size: 24" H x 29" W x 1.5" D.

The USS City of Peking was built in 1874 by John Roach and Sons in Chester, PA for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. At the time, this was the largest iron ship ever built in the United States, built to carry up to 1400 passengers and cargo. In 1898, the USS City of Peking was leased for $1500 a day as a troopship during the Spanish-American war. This 5000-ton ship made over 116 round trips from San Francisco, CA to Yokohama and Hong Kong. The vessel set reliability records and a speed record when it made a trip between the port of San Francisco to Hong Kong in just 22 days. After a successful 45-year career, the USS City of Peking was scrapped in 1920.
Condition Report: Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure throughout. Minor frame abrasion along the four edges. Minor surface dirt and grime. Blacklight: Touch-up and crack-fill throughout.


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