(n/a) Antonio Nicolo Gasparo  Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) The Gwent aground at Long Beach 18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm.)

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Lot 74
(n/a) Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen
(American, 1850-1921)
The Gwent aground at Long Beach 18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm.)

Sold for US$ 11,285 inc. premium
Property of Various Owners
(n/a) Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The Gwent aground at Long Beach
signed and dated 'A.Jacobsen 1902' (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 x 30 in. (45.7 x 76.2 cm.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Captain I.J.Merritt
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    LITERATURE:
    New York Times, March 28, 1901,'Ship's Passengers in an Open Boat.'

    Harold S. Sniffen,Antonio Jacobsen-The Checklist, New York, 1984, p. 138-139, no.22 (as 1903)


    The Screw steamship Gwent was built in Hartlepool, England by E.Withy and Company in 1878 for the Norwegian firm of Et Interessentkeb and was based out of Floro, Norway. She had principal dimensions of LOA: 190ft, Beam 28.2ft, and a Depth of 13.7ft.

    On the evening of March 27, 1901, the Norwegian fruit boat Gwent ran aground in a heavy fog near the 'Point' on Long Beach, Long Island. Initially, fearing the ship might break up, the Captain, crew and seven passengers took to the lifeboats. They were met by a rescue crew that convinced them to return to the ship as they were on sand not rocks. The following morning the passengers and crew were taken off the vessel. The salvage company Merritt and Chapman Wrecking Company was employed to get the Gwent off the beach. The owner of the Gwent reportedly then commissioned Jacobsen to paint the boat as stranded and gave the painting to company owner Captain I.J. Merritt.
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