The Atlantic packet Albion of the Black Ball Line signed lower left "Montague Dawson" oil on canvas 24 x 44-1/8 in. (61 x 112 cm.)
PROVENANCE: - Frost and Reed, stock no. 5276, titled in pencil on the overlap by the artist. According to Charles Kinzett the work was executed in 1947.
The Black Ball Line of Trans-Atlantic Packets was founded in New York in 1817 and formed by five business partners, Isaac Wright, William Wright, Francis Thompson, Benjamin Marshall and Jeremiah Thompson, to begin the first regularly scheduled trans-Atlantic service of freight, mail and passengers between New York and Liverpool. In order to quicken the delivery of mail and conveyance of passengers, packets were often "driven," even in gale force winds. Due to these severe operating conditions, most packets had relatively short service lives, with many of them meeting their ends in disasters at sea. After only three years of service, the Albion succumbed to a gale off the Irish Coast near Kinsale, claiming forty-six of the fifty-four crew members.
This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.
ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.
If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.
Buyers' Premium and Charges
For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:
Buyer's Premium Rates 25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price 20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price 12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.
For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.