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Montague Dawson
The “Red Jacket” on Open Seas - Montague Dawson - Maritime Painting

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MONTAGUE DAWSON British, 1895–1973 The “Red Jacket” on Open Seas Signed MONTAGUE DAWSON Oil on canvas 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Framed: 28 x 38 inches (71 x 96.5 cm) The American clipper ship Red Jacket, built in Maine by George Thomas and launched in November 1853, weighing 2,006 tons, was one of the largest and fastest clippers ever built. She was named for the Seneca chief Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha, or “he that keeps them awake”), from the Genesee River Valley. The ship’s figurehead was a magnificent life-size carving of Sagoyewatha, complete with his namesake red jacket, given to him by the British, and a feather headdress. Her maiden voyage is among the most famous in the history of clipper ships. Captain Asa Eldridge, a Yarmouth, Cape Cod skipper and an internationally recognized navigator, was in command when she left New York on January 11, 1854 bound for Liverpool. Despite the treacherous winter storms of the North Atlantic, with snow, hail or rain every day, the Red Jacket tore along, determined to reach her destination. She cast her anchor in Liverpool Harbor exactly 13 days, 1 hour and 25 minutes later, a record-breaking run. On her arrival at Liverpool, she was immediately chartered by the White Star Line and put into the Australia run, where she made some record runs under Captain S. Reed. Provenance Frost & Reed, Ltd., London, acquired directly from the artist, 1937 Private collection (sale, Christie’s, New York, February 1, 2006, lot 292, illustrated) Quester Gallery, Stonington, Connecticut, acquired from the above Private collection, Michigan, acquired from the above (sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 24, 2017, lot 85, illustrated) Private collection, acquired from the above

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  • Creator
    Montague Dawson (1890-1973, British)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    NEW YORK, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DAWSON RedJacket1stDibs: LU57233981491

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