James Edward Buttersworth (British/American, 1817-1894)
A yachting scene round the lightship with the Volunteer in the lead signed lower right "J.E. Buttersworth" oil on board 8 x 12 in.
Provenance: - From a private collection
Volunteer was designed by Edward Burgess and built by Pusey & Jones Shipbuilding Company at Wilmington, Delaware in 1887 for General Charles J. Paine of the New York Yacht Club. Volunteer was a centerboard compromise sloop, built up with a steel frame and hull, with a deck of white pine. She easily defeated the 1886 America's Cup defender Mayflower during the defender trials for the 1887 America's Cup and won both Cup races on September 27 and 30, 1887, against the Scottish challenger Thistle. Volunteer was skippered by Captain Hank Haff. Soon after the Cup races, Volunteer was bought by John Malcolm Forbes (who also owned Puritan) and was altered as a schooner in 1891. She was broken up at New York in 1910.