4 December 2008
James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)
signed 'JE Buttersworth' (lower right)
oil on canvas
12 x 20 in. (30.5 x 50.8 cm.)
Painted circa 1875.
Henry B. Holt, Inc., Essex Fells, New Jersey.
Private collection, New York, acquired from the above, 1983.
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R. Schaefer, J.E. Buttersworth: 19th-Century Marine Painter, Mystic, Connecticut, 1975, p. 186, no. 162, illustrated.
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