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James Edward Buttersworth (1817 - 1894)

Lot 81: Property from the estate of glen s. foster JAMES E. BUTTERSWORTH (1817-1894) ~dq~Puritan~dq~


May 21, 2002
New York, NY, US

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Leading ~dq~Genesta~dq~, America~dq~s Cup 1885 signed "J.E. Buttersworth" (lower right) oil on canvas 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm) painted circa 1885 provenance Christie~dq~s, new york, May 23, 1990, 10 Kennedy Galleres, new york Glen S. Foster, new york Literature Richard B. Grassby, Ship, Sea & Sky, The Marine Art of James Edward Buttersworth, South Street Seaport Museum, new york, 1994, p. 102, pl. 34 (illustrated in color) Montague Guest and William B. Boulton, Memorials of the Royal Yacht Squadron, London, 1903, pp. 357-358 John Parkinson, Jr., The History of The new york Yacht Club, new york, 1975, vol. I, pp. 94, 101, 111, 115-119, 205, 244, vol. II, 582, 589 John Rousmaniere, America~dq~s Cup Book, Milan, 1983, pp. 36-39 R.J. Schaefer, J.E. Buttersworth, 19th-Century Marine Painter, Mystic, Connecticut, 1975, p. 206, no. 183 (illustrated) W.P. Stephens, Traditions and Memories of American Yachting, Camden, 1981, pp. 23, 78, 87, 155, 161,173, 327-331 Buttersworth~dq~s painting depicts the deciding race of the 1885 America~dq~s Cup Match. Puritan and Genesta met for the last time on September 16, and raced twenty miles to leeward and return from the Scotland Lightship off Sandy Hook in a strong autumn nor~dq~wester. The "cutter cranks" were sure Genesta would win on this occasion when she got the best of the start. The lead changed hands twice on the long run in fresh winds. Genesta led by two minutes at the outer mark. Sailing a little faster and pointing little higher, Puritan gradually caught up to Genesta on the fifteen-mile beat to the finish in gusty thirty knot winds, as both boats~dq~ leeward decks plunged deep into the ocean. Puritan gained four minutes to win by a minute and a half on corrected time. The 1885 Match was the best racing in the history of the cup to that date, and the goodwill it produced did much to encourage future challenges.

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