Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The S.S. City of Richmond at sea signed, inscribed and dated 'A. Jacobsen 257 8th Av./1879' (lower right) oil on canvas 21-3/4 x 36 in. (55.2 x 91.4 cm.)
PROVENANCE: With Paul Mason Gallery, London Private collection, Switzerland
LITERATURE: Harold S. Sniffen, Antonio Jacobsen's Painted Ships on Painted Oceans, The Mariners Museum publication 1994, illus. fig. 124.
The City of Richmond was built in Glasgow by Tod & McGregor for the Inman Line of Liverpool, and launched on 15th February 1873. She made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York via Queenstown in September of that year. With her sister ship, the City of Chester she was the largest ship afloat after the Great Eastern. Built as an express passenger liner, the five year shipping depression of 1873 prevented her reaching her full potential and she was sold on to Norway in 1892.
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