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    Sale 2003

    Important American Paintings, Drawings And Sculpture

    21 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 91

    James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)

    Ariel with Josephine Behind

    Price Realised  

    James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)
    Ariel with Josephine Behind
    signed 'J.E. Buttersworth' (lower right)--inscribed 'Ariel/Built 1849' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    22 x 30¼ in. (55.9 x 76.8 cm.)


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    The present works depict two commercial vessels: the Ariel, a British Barkentine used for coastal trade, which was built in 1849 and was part of the Freeman Line, a well known English shipping company; and the Josephine, a British Brigantine, used for trans-oceanic voyages.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Montecito, California, circa 1900.
    By descent to the present owner.