17 - 18 January 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 37,000
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.
The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia
Northeast Auctions, November 3, 2001, lot 66
Anthony J. Peluso, Jr. The Bard Brothers Painting America Under Steam and Sail (New York, 1997) p. 118.