Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The R.M.S. Majestic of the White Star Line at sea signed, dated and inscribed "A. Jacobsen/1890/705. Palsisade Av. West Hoboken, N..." oil on canvas 22 x 36 in. (55.8 x 91.44 cm.)
Provenance: - with Kennedy Gallery, New York, NY; stock number: MM#6 [label on verso].
Literature: Harold S. Sniffen, Antonio Jacobsen - The Checklist, Smith Gallery, 1984, pp. 190-191, #18 for a listing of this painting.
The S.S. Majestic was a steamship built in 1890 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the White Star Line. She was the sixteenth ship built for White Star Line and entered the Trans-Atlantic service. In 1895, the Majestic was assigned a new captain, an up-and-coming officer named Edward Smith, who years later would gain lasting fame as the captain of the Titanic. Smith served as Majestic's captain for nine years. When the Boer War started in 1899, Smith and the Majestic were called upon to transport troops to Cape Colony. Two trips were made to South Africa, one in December, 1899 and one in February, 1900, both without incident. In 1902 she was lengthened slightly and her number of masts reduced. On January 14, 1914 she rescued the crew of the French schooner Garonne. In 1914 she was sold for ₤25,000 and scrapped at Morecombe, United Kingdom. She was noted as being one of the westbound winners of the Atlantic Blue Ribband. She was in service from 1890-1914 and had principal dimensions of LOA: 565.8 ft, Beam: 57.8 x Draft: 39.3 and a gross tonnage of 10,147.