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    Sale 5130


    14 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 132

    William Henry Bishop (b.1942)

    The schooner yacht America passing the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert (I) at Cowes

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    William Henry Bishop (b.1942)
    The schooner yacht America passing the Royal Yacht Victoria & Albert (I) at Cowes
    signed and dated 'W.H. Bishop./'85'.' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    21 x 36 in. (53.4 x 91.5 cm.)

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    Arguably the most celebrated racing yacht ever built, America was commissioned by a syndicate of New York businessmen who engaged George Steers to design them a schooner based upon the lines of the city's distinctive pilot boats. Launched on 3rd May 1851, she measured 95 feet in length and was constructed of five different woods, mostly white oak. She left American waters in June and, after a brief call at Le Havre, arrived at Cowes on 1st August where she caused an immediate sensation. The now famous race for which the Royal Yacht Squadron had put up a handsome new Hundred Guinea Cup took place amidst great excitement on 22nd August 1851. Commencing at 10 o'clock, the fifty-eight mile course was around the Isle of Wight and, after a disappointing start, America took the lead at 11.30. She crossed the finishing line at 8.37 that evening, eight minutes ahead of the nearest challenger and, in that instant, achieved the fame which was to remain hers long after her timbers had perished away.

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