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Britain, 1811-1882

Medium clipper Adelaide approaching Liverpool.

Signed and dated lower left "S. Walters 1865".
Oil on canvas, 31.25" x 46.25". Framed 39.25" x 54.25".
Condition: Overall very good condition. The canvas is lined. Under UV examination there is scattered inpaint and retouching as a function of relining. The painting shows well under white light and is ready to hang.

  • Provenance:
    Richard Green, London.
    Marine Arts Gallery, Salem, Massachusetts.
    The Ritz Carlton Collection.
    Christie's East, New York, Maritime Sale, February 1997.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    Adelaide is depicted entering Liverpool, off the Skerries, Anglesey, with the South Stack Lighthouse just visible on the right and the Skerries Lighthouse ahead of the bowsprit. At 1,831 tons and 216 feet long, Adelaide was the 16th largest ship built in the United States during the 1850s. By 1865 she had been sold to Henry Fernie of Liverpool, whose house flag is shown at the mainmast. She is shown with divided topsails, although this modification occurred after her early voyages, and single top gallants with furled Royals. When launched she also carried skysails. Adelaide had a successful and uneventful 20-year career before being stranded in December, 1875 and condemned at Cape Town.

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