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    Sale 5887

    Maritime Art

    13 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 830

    Brian J. Jones, 20th/21st Century

    Astra cross-tacking in a stiff breeze with Cambria, Britannia and Candida behind, 1931

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    Brian J. Jones, 20th/21st Century
    Astra cross-tacking in a stiff breeze with Cambria, Britannia and Candida behind, 1931
    signed 'Brian J.Jones' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm.)


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    Designed and built by Camper & Nicholsons at Gosport in 1928, Astra was a beautiful Bermudian-rigged composite cutter of 91 tons gross (83 net) and measured 115 feet in length with a 20 foot beam. Originally built for Sir A. Mortimer Singer, the naturalised British son of the inventor of the sewing machine, she was owned for most of the 1930s by Mr. Hugh Paul who enjoyed much success with her during the so-called 'golden years' before the death of King George V after the 1935 season.

    The second of the two famous Cambrias - her earlier namesake had been the first America's Cup challenger in 1870 - was designed and built by William Fife at Fairlie in 1928. Owned by Sir William Berry, later Viscount Camrose, the proprietor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper, she was a magnificent Bermudian-rigged 23-metre composite cutter which soon became one of the most well-known racing yachts of her day. Registered at 162 tons Thames (86 gross and net), she measured 93 feet in length (75 feet at the waterline) with a 20 foot beam and a 10 draft. After a relatively short career at Cowes and elsewhere in home waters, she was sold to H.F. Giraud of Izmir (Turkey) in the mid-1930s; he renamed her Lillias, removed her to Chios in the Aegean and thus she was lost to the British racing scene for which she had been created in its golden years.

    For details of the careers of Britannia and Candida, see notes accompanying lots 836 & 838 respectively.

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