Antonio Nicolo Gasparo  Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) The Ships Ethelred and Ethelwold, a pair (2)
Lot 127
Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) The fruit carriers Ethelred and Ethelwold at sea, a pair (2)
Sold for £3,375 (US$ 5,510) inc. premium

Lot Details
Antonio Nicolo Gasparo  Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) The Ships Ethelred and Ethelwold, a pair (2)
Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The fruit carriers Ethelred and Ethelwold at sea, a pair
both signed and dated, one 'A.Jacobsen 1890', the other 'A.Jacobsen 1891' (lower right)
oil on canvas
each 51 x 41cm (20 1/16 x 16 1/8in).(2)

Footnotes

  • This unusual pair of portrait format ship paintings depicts two steamers which spent their entire working lives in the international fruit trade. Essentially identical 'sisters' in appearance if not in size, both were ordered by the Macgregor Steamship Company but were laid down in different shipyards. Ethelred was built by McKnights at Ayr, registered at 894 tons gross (531 net) and measured 205 feet in length with a 28 foot beam. Ethelwold was slightly larger at 956 tons gross (533 net), measured 208 feet in length and had the same beam as her sister.

    When both steamers were ready for sea in 1890 and 1891 respectively, their managers – Colvils, Lowden & Co. – chartered them to the United Fruit Company of New Jersey and they were employed on that company's most lucrative run bringing bananas up from Jamaica into Boston and thence for distribution up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States. After relatively short careers, Ethelred was wrecked on the north coast of Jamaica on 21st November 1901 and declared a total loss, whilst Ethelwold ended her days in the breakers' yard in 1912.
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