John Steven Dews (British, born 1949) Lulworth and Shamrock off the Needles, 1929

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Lot 142AR
John Steven Dews
(British, born 1949)
Lulworth and Shamrock off the Needles, 1929

£ 30,000 - 50,000
US$ 37,000 - 62,000

Marine Sale

24 Apr 2013, 14:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

John Steven Dews (British, born 1949)
Lulworth and Shamrock off the Needles, 1929
signed 'J. Stephen Dews' (lower left)
oil on canvas
61 x 91.2cm (24 x 35 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • LITERATURE:
    Louise Felstead, A Cloud of Sail, Maritime Paintings by J. Steven Dews, Swan Hill, 2001, pp. 50-51 (illustrated).

    A typically spectacular work by the modern master of the genre, this painting by Dews portrays two great thoroughbreds as both near the end of their primary racing careers, notwithstanding the fact that Lulworth is, in fact, still afloat and continues to race whenever the competition merits it.

    Lulworth was designed and built by White Bros. at Itchen in 1920 for Mr. R.H. Lee of Bovey Tracey, Devon. Originally christened Terpsichore and rigged as a cutter, she was registered at 123 tons gross (111½ net and 186 Thames) and measured 95½ feet in length with a 22 foot beam. Purchased by Sir A. Mortimer Singer - the immensely wealthy naturalised British son of the American inventor of the sewing machine - after Lee's death in 1924, Singer renamed her Lulworth, a name she retained after being purchased by Alexander Paton in 1928. A splendid boat from the start, she nevertheless came into her own under Paton's colours and became a familiar and successful competitor at Cowes during the final years of King George V's long patronage. Ironically, Britannia (the King's yacht) and Lulworth were both laid up after the 1935 Season, the former never to sail again due to the King's death in January 1936, the latter for sale to Mr. Carl Bendix who kept her until the Second World War. Somehow surviving hostilities, she was refitted after the War and is still afloat and sailing competitively despite numerous changes of ownership.

    Whereas Edward VII, both as King and Prince of Wales, and his son George V remained loyal to their legendary cutter Britannia for forty years, Sir Thomas Lipton did the opposite and spent his long racing career continually upgrading his famous Shamrocks in repeated attempts to win the America's Cup. Lipton, the immensely wealthy tea magnate of Irish parentage, bought his first Shamrock in 1899 and, by the time of his death in 1931, he had owned a succession of six splendid cutters, all but one of which unsuccessfully challenged for the elusive "Auld Mug" as Lipton liked to call the America's Cup. By the time Cambria was completed in 1928, Lipton was still racing but using the only one of his Shamrocks which had not been ordered specifically for a Cup Challenge. Designed and built by William Fife at Fairlie in 1908, she was a composite cutter of 175 tons gross (94 net) and was constructed to the International 23-metre class. Measuring 113 feet in length (75½ feet at the waterline) with a 20½ foot beam, she proved a great success and won many prizes for Lipton away from the spotlight of the "Auld Mug's" races off Sandy Hook.

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