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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 733

    JAMES BARD (1816-1897)

    Portrait of the Steamship Martha Washington

    Price Realised  

    JAMES BARD (1816-1897)
    Portrait of the Steamship Martha Washington
    signed and dated Drawn & painted by James Bard NY 1864 162 Perry Street (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    29 x 49 inches


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    Previously in the collection of the Mariner's Museum of Newport News, Virginia, this portrait of the steamship Martha Washington represents the fully executed version of a drawing still in the collection of the museum. As an excursion boat, Martha Washington was primarily used to follow the New York Yacht Club regattas. In 1870, the ship was sold to the U.S. Lighthouse Board, whereupon her name was changed to Violet.

    Provenance

    The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia
    Northeast Auctions, November 3, 2001, lot 66


    Literature

    Anthony J. Peluso, Jr. The Bard Brothers Painting America Under Steam and Sail (New York, 1997) p. 118.