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Lot #93
Low Estimate$250,000.00
High Estimate$350,000.00
Last UpdatedMay 24, 2019


New Jersey/New York/United Kingdom, 1817-1884

Cornelia and Magic rounding buoy 8. Signed lower right.
The yachts Cornelia and Magic, as identified by their private signals, met several times during the 1874 yachting season. Cornelia, on a starboard tack on the right, was built in 1873 by J. McGarrick, with an overall length of 65'8. She was owned by Dr. J.H. Vondy, a former commodore of the Jersey City Yacht Club and a member of the New York Yacht Club. Magic, to the left and on a port tack, was built in 1857 and was the winner of the 1870 America's Cup. She was owned by William T. Garner of the Brooklyn Yacht Club, who was soon to be Vice Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. Both yachts were smaller, centerboard schooners and this was the last year their respective owners campaigned them. They were entered in the New York Yacht Club Regatta on June 12, The Ladies' Regatta of the New York Yacht Club on June 26 and the Annual Regatta of the Brooklyn Yacht Club on July 15. The descriptions of these regattas in newspaper accounts gives little insight into the competition between these two yachts, but buoy 8, recognizable in many of Buttersworth's works, makes for a dramatic point of reference. As best can be told, the race that most closely resembles the painting is the New York Yacht Club Regatta where Magic won her class with Cornelia in third. During the course of the race, from the lightship to Southwest Spit, the breeze was blowing fresh, with Magic leading by some distance. In the end Magic won over Cornelia in all of these contests.
Oil on canvas, 22.25" x 34.13". Framed."

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