William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905), and Theodore William Richards   20 Miles to Windward (1885 America's Cup Race) 23 x 44in
Lot 86
William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905), and Theodore William Richards 20 Miles to Windward (1885 America's Cup Race) 23 x 44 in. (58.4 x 111.76 cm.)
Sold for US$ 26,840 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of Various Owners
(n/a) William Trost Richards (American, 1833-1905), and Theodore William Richards
20 Miles to Windward (1885 America's Cup Race)
signed 'Wm.T.Richards / T.W. Richards' (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 x 44 in. (58.4 x 111.76 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sale, Butterfield & Butterfield, European and American Paintings of Merit, 1 March 1977, lot 75
    Private Collection, San Francisco, California

    The America's Cup of 1885 brought out for the first time the influence of the Clyde River racing cutters in yacht design. These designs proved to be fast and reliable and were a threat to the defense of the New York Yacht Club and the America's Cup. The challenger, Genesta, was a true plank-on-edge cutter with the designer paying close attention to every detail. In response The NYYC chose the "white yacht" Puritan from the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Built by a syndicate which included J. Malcolm Forbes and Charles J. Paine she was a compromise cutter going to no extremes. After several postponements the racing for the America's cup got underway on 14 September when Puritan easily defeated Genesta by over sixteen minutes in light and shifty conditions. This painting depicts the second race, a very close contest with the lead changing several times, in a strong nor'wester over a twenty mile course. Puritan eventually prevailed to win by 1 minute, 38 seconds to successfully defend the America's Cup.

Saleroom notices

  • N.B.: Lot 86, has been in the same family since they purchased it at Butterfields & Butterfields in March 1977. While similar to Lot 86, 20 Miles to Windward by William and Theodore Richards, the painting sold at Christie's in sale 1401, Lot 202 on February 10th 2007 was significantly smaller (12 x 24 in.), and was not signed by William Trost Richards.
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