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Lot #62
DepartmentPaintings
Low Estimate$80,000.00
High Estimate$120,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 17, 2019

Description

JOHN MECRAY
Rhode Island/Pennsylvania, 1937-2017

Westward vs. Britannia. Signed lower right John Mecray 1985".
Westward was launched March 31, 1910 as hull number 692 at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in Bristol, Rhode Island. She was arguably one of the most famous and best-known racing schooners in the world. She was designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, the "Wizard of Bristol", the designer of the America's Cup defenders that turned back all six challenges from 1893 to 1920. Westward was undoubtedly the fastest schooner in the world in 1910, and with Captain Charlie Barr at her helm, she sailed successfully against racing yachts like Britannia, Lulworth and Meteor II. Westward went to England shortly after her launching in 1910. In this painting Mecray depicts the two yachts in a close rounding at a buoy in the Solent with the steam yacht Ianara attending. Westward has all sails set as it took a strong breeze to power a schooner of her size and maintain a lead over a fast cutter such as Britannia.
This lot is being sold to support the endowment of scholarships at IYRS School of Technology and Trades.
Oil on canvas, 26" x 46". Framed 31.75" x 51.75"."

Condition

Excellent condition with no apparent signs of restoration or repairs.

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