The Goelet Prize for sloop yachts with Gracie in the lead depicting the race for sloop yachts in Newport, Rhode Island on August 6th 1883. signed lower right "W. Bradford" oil on canvas 22-1/8 x 36 in. (56.1 x 91.4 cm.)
Provenance: - Joseph Pitman Earle, owner of the sloop yacht Gracie - William P. Earle, Jr. - Genevieve B. Earle - Mary Earle Stanton - with William Doyle Galleries, American Paintings sale, 1987 - purchased back by the family, and thence by descent to the current owner
The Goelet Cup was an annual race held by the New York Yacht Club sponsored by Ogden Goelet. There were two trophies awarded, one for schooners, and a another for sloops, to be raced for in the month of August in Newport, R.I. The 1883 Goelet Cup in was held in Newport, R.I. on August 6th prior to the start of the annual cruise. For the first time International code flags were used to signal the course for the race, giving an option for three different courses. The wind was fresh from the west, and the course was a sixteen and half mile course to the "Sow & Pigs", with a hard beat home. The schooner Montauk, owned by Samuel R. Platt won for schooners, and Gracie, owned by Messrs. Flint and Earle won the sloops class.
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