Anthony D. Blake (born 1951) America's Cup 1899, Columbia vs. Shamrock 30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm)

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Lot 63
Anthony D. Blake
(born 1951)
America's Cup 1899, Columbia vs. Shamrock 30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm)

Sold for US$ 7,650 inc. premium

American Art

24 Nov 2020, 16:00 EST

New York

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Anthony D. Blake (born 1951)
America's Cup 1899, Columbia vs. Shamrock
signed and inscribed 'A.D. Blake / ©' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 40 1/8in (76.5 x 101.9cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    North Star Galleries, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2000.

    The present work by Anthony D. Blake depicts the third race of the 1899 America's Cup between the racing yachts Columbia of the New York Yacht Club representing the United States and Shamrock of the Royal Ulster Yacht Club representing the United Kingdom and captained by the renowned yachtsman and merchant Sir Thomas Lipton (1848-1931). The third race between defender and challenger was considered the best and most dramatic of the three races. In the first race, Columbia won by a large margin and in the second, Columbia won after Shamrock's mast collapsed and she was forced to retire. In the third race, Shamrock led most of the way around the race course after Columbia started approximately a minute after her. A building breeze, however, ground down Shamrock and she was ultimately defeated by Columbia.

    Blake superbly depicts the moment when Columbia passes windward of Shamrock. Visible on the foredecks of each yacht are their respective crews scrambling and struggling to bring their spinnakers in with the strong fresh sea breeze as they reach the leeward mark. Depicted in the background is the steam yacht Corsair owned by J.P. Morgan (1837-1913), the Commodore of the New York Yacht Club at that time, and the steam yacht Erin owned by Sir Lipton. Columbia went on to win the race by six minutes and thirty-four seconds on corrected time, ultimately defending her winning title. This race would be the first of five unsuccessful challenges by Sir Lipton for the America's Cup between 1899 and 1930. All was not lost for Sir Lipton, as his well published persistent efforts to win the America's Cup made his teas popular in the United States and contributed to his financial success as a merchant.
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