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New York/Canada/England, 1817-c. 1888

Schooner yacht Dauntless leading Cambria.

Signed and dated lower left "Wm G. Yorke 1877".
Oil on canvas, 31.5" x 42.5". Framed 36.25" x 47.25".
Condition: Overall in good condition. The canvas is not lined. Under UV examination there are retouches to the edges of the canvas from frame wear, an area of inpaint to the upper left sky, as well as three to four other spot retouches in the sky. The yacht is clean except for a spot on the jib and main sails. There are several areas of retouching and strengthening to the sea. The painting would benefit from re-lining and addressing some of the restored areas.

  • Provenance:
    William Hood Galleries, Delray Beach, Florida, April 1998.
    The Kelton Collection of Marine Art & Artifacts.

    The schooner
    Cambria was owned by Lord Ashbury, and after Cambria 's success in the Isle of Wight race against the champion American schooner Sappho , Ashbury decided to challenge for the America's Cup. He subsequently exchanged letters with Gordon Bennett, sportsman and owner of the New York Herald , and challenged him to a transatlantic race prior to competing for the Cup on behalf of the Royal Thames Yacht Club. In July 1870, Ashbury raced Cambria across the Atlantic from Ireland to New York against Bennett's yacht Dauntless . Cambria won the race by arriving first off Sandy Hook Lightship in 23 days, 5 hours and 17 minutes, which was 1 hour, 43 minutes ahead of Dauntless .

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