The artist is thought to be the son of Thomas Dove, Sen. (1812-1886).
One of a famous pair of late-Victorian Cunarders - the other being her sister Campania - Lucania was built by Fairfield's at Glasgow and launched in 1893. Registered at 12,950 tons gross (4,974 net), she measured 620 feet in length and had accommodation for 2,000 passengers in three classes. With an excellent service speed of 21 knots, she took the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing one month after her maiden voyage and broke the record again on three occasions the following year. Fitted with wireless in 1901, she became the first liner to publish a shipboard bulletin compiled from radio news in 1903. An extremely popular steamer, her career was brought to an abrupt end when she caught fire and was burnt out at Liverpool on 14th August, 1909, being scrapped thereafter.