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    Sale 5808

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    8 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 193

    D.W.E. Gutman, (early 20th century)

    The steamship Hildebrand on the 1000 mile passage up the Amazon to Manaus

    Price Realised  

    D.W.E. Gutman, (early 20th century)
    The steamship Hildebrand on the 1000 mile passage up the Amazon to Manaus
    signed and dated 'D.W.E. Gutman 1923' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    10 x 18in. (25.5 x 45.8cm.)


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    The first class passenger liner Hildebrand was built by the Booth Line of Liverpool specifically for cruises up the Amazon at the height of the Brazilian rubber boom in 1910. Launched in 1911 she made her maiden voyage up the 1000 mile stretch of river to Manaus, the then centre of world rubber production.

    Following the death of his wife in 1920, the composer Edward Elgar took a cruise up the Amazon to Manaus in 1923 on board the Hildebrand and it is beleived that the artist of this picture was on board at the same time.

    A similar view by Gutman sold at Christies South Kensington, 25 September 2007.

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