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A Selection of Transition Steamers with sails of all countries (from 1850 on) - Updated

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John Scott Painting

John Scott (British, 1802-1885) - Ship Portrait of a Russian Sail-and Steamship 1867 off Tynemouth, UK - in the background a sailing ship and the coastline of that area, numerous persons are visible on board of this steamship - signed and dated "J. Scott 1867" lower right - Oil on canvas, relined, good condition - ca. 67 x 107 cm (26 x 42 in) - in a 19th Century Lemon Gold frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: The Ship is flying numerous ensigns and the Russian Merchant flagg has an additional Double-Eagle in the center. There is a name on the bow of the vessel (in kyrillic letters). We are currently looking for any information to identify this vessel ? Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



China Trade Painting

China Trade Artist (Canton) - Ship Portrait of the Dutch steamer *Sumbawa* under sail and steam in the Chinese Sea, ca. 1880 - the steamer is shown at the open sea in good weather conditions - Oil on canvas on original China Trade stretcher, 46 by 60 cm (18 by 23 5/8 inch), with frame 52 x 66 cm (20 by 26 inch) - inscribed on the ensign with the ship`s name and the sign of the shipping company on foremast - only light China Trade crackle, cleaned, small areas with repair, original frame - Oporto Collection Portugal

Note: A light, brilliant and strong color work with a romantic touch in the left sky. Detailled execution - and as it cannot often be seen at China Trade paintings - without extensive crackle and in the original Chinese frame. Paintings like this are scarce. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



Image of Jacobsen Painting

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Belgian Steamer "Henry Eyde" on the Atlantic 1881, a portrait of the vessel at the open sea in heavy weather - signed and dated "A. Jacobsen 1881" - Oil on canvas - 56 x 91 cm (22 x 36 in) - good condition, professionally relined, few inpaint only - period frame - European Collection

Note: This is an early and well executed painting by the artist. A sketch and another oil on canvas portrait of this steamer by Jacobsen is in the Mariners Museum (VA) - please refer to Sniffen. The "Henry Eyde" was built in 1879 at Doxford in Sunderland for the Belgian company Steinman & Ludwig" and sailed regularly from Antwerp to New York. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright.



Jorgen Dahl painting

Jorgen Dahl (1825-1890) - Ship Portrait of the Danish steamer *Kobenhavn* under sail and steam off Skagen lighthouse 1883 - the transition steamer is shown at good wether off the Skagen light ship and light house - Oil on canvas, 60 by 90 cm (24 by 36 inch), with frame 75 x 105 cm - signed and dated lower left "J. Dahl 1883" & inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - good condition, original frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: An impressive portrait of the large, threemasted steamship with an interesting background (Skagen is the place where the Northern Sea / Atlantic meets the Baltic Sea). This painting furthermore convinces with a realistic water, a detailled execution of the ship and interesting contrasts and colors in the sky (with a romantic touch). Click here or on image to see more illustrations.



Oilpainting by Antonio Jacobsen

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Belgian Steamer "Plantyn" heading for New York 1884, signed and dated, Oil on canvas 55 x 92 cm (22 x 36 "), excellent condition, not relined, original ornate gilt frame - Private Collection Belgium

Note: The Screwsteamer "Plantyn" was built 1879 in Glasgow, Scotland by A. Stephen & Sons for T.C. Engels & Co. in Antwerp. It measured 320.3 x 36 x 24.6 and is listed with 2328 tons. The sketch for this ship is in the Jacobsen index (please refer to Sniffen p. 244 No. 24). Photo Copyright. Click here or on image to see more illustrations.



Image of Petersen Painting

Heinrich Petersen - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer "Australia, Capt. G. Franck" 1885, the German Transatlantic Steamer of Hamburg (Carr Line) with auxiliary sails set on his way to New York in the Mouth of the river Elbe, signed and dated by Heinrich Petersen, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, original gilt frame, the possession of a Collector in Hamburg, Germany.

Note: The typical signature of the artist is as follows:

, we did not see unsigned works up to now. Click on image to enlarge.




Image of Esposito Painting

G. Esposito - Ship Portrait of the Steamer "Puertoriqueno" of Puerto Rico, ca. 1885, the vessel shown with the old (Spanish) ensign at sea, signed and inscribed with the ships`s name on the bow, Gouache, 40 x 60 cm, very good condition, period birds eye maple frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Berlin, Germany

Note: the typical signature of the artist is as follows:

, not all of his works are signed. Click on image to enlarge.



China Trade painting Hong Kong

China Trade Artist in Hong Kong - China Trade Ship Portrait of the Danish Steamer "Olaf" off Hongkong, ca. 1886, Oil on canvas 36 x 56 cm (14 1/8 x 22 "), good condition, not relined, 20th century stretcher and frame, slight inpaint only

Note: A typical China Trade ship portrait with great detail and in good condition. Provenance: previously in the collection of Mr. L. Thomsen in Denmark. There is an inscription on the stretcher mentioning the previous owner, who sailed on this vessel to Hongkong in 1886. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Antonio Jacobsen Painting

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) -Ship Portrait of the two-masted French Steamer "Cheribon" 1887, the vessel on his way from Marseilles to New York with auxiliary sails set, Oil on canvas 56 x 92 cm, signed, inscribed "New York" and dated unlined and generally very good condition, original frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: The Screwsteamer "Cheribon" was built 1882 in Dumbarton, Scotland by W. Penny & Bros. for the Cie Nationale de Nav. in Marseilles. It measured 339.8 x 40.3 x 28.8 and is listed with 3056 tons. The sketch for this ship is in the Jacobsen index (please refer to Sniffen p. 64 No. 28). Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Roberto painting

Luigi Roberto (Italian, fl. 1874-1891) - Ship Portrait of the Swedish Transition Steamer "SS Freja (of) Stockhlom (sic) 1887" the vessel with auxiliary sails set in the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond (hardly visible) Gouache 41 x 58 cm (16 1/8 x 22 7/8 in.) signed, inscribed and dated "L. Roberto, Napoli 1887" good condition (the background partly faded, traces of the age), passepartout, modern gold frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: Luigi Roberto is - beside of the De Simone Family - the best known Ship Portrait Artist who worked in Naples and produced detailled portraits of the sail or steam vessels and yachts, which visited this Italian port. The Gouache technique is typical for the Italian ship portraits of this period and in contrast to watercolors the appearance of Gouaches is brighter and the colors are opaque. Click on the image or here to enlarge the illustration. Photo Copyright.



Kapitänsbild Reimers

Heinrich Reimers (German, 1824-1895) - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer *Anton von Kiel - Capt. E. Aereboe* at sea off Hong Kong 1890 - the steamer is shown in the Chinese Sea with two junks in the background - Oil on canvas on original stretcher, 53 by 77 cm (21 by 30 inch), with frame 65 x 88 cm (25 1/2 by 34 1/2 inch) - signed "Heinrich Reimers", dated 1890 and inscribed with title as shown above - cleaned, smaller areas with repair / retouch only, in good condition, original frame - The Oporto Collection

Note: Reimers was a Captain and Pilot himself and worked in Kiel as a ship portrait artist. The steamer "Anton" was owned by the shipping company "Sartori & Berger" in Kiel and was obviously used for coastal trade in Far East. This is a light color painting with a romantic touch in the sky and an interesting background. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.





Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916), attributed to - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer ITHAKA 1894 the steamer of Hamburg with all auxiliary sails set on the lower Elbe - Oil on canvas 60 x 100 cm (23 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.) unsigned The Werder Collection

Note: Inscribed on a brass plaque: "S.S. Ithaka, Capt. J. Porath. 1894". Click on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the Danish Steamer "L. P. Holmblad" with auxilliary sails set at sea heading for Antwerp 1894, the vessel is shown on a calm sea with a sailing ship in the background - signed and dated "H. Mohrmann 1894" lower left - Oil on canvas - 60 x 100 cm (24 x 39 in) - good condition, not relined - in the original veneered wooden frame and on the original stretcher - Private Collection

Note: This is a typical and early large size work by the artist with a slight "on-Deck" view of the vessel. The captain and other the seaman are shown on board. The "L.P. Holmblad" was most likely named after the famous Dragor industrialist Lauritz Peter Holmblad, who had a manufacturing fabric in Amager, Denmark. Photo Copyright of the images is with the FineArtEmporium. Click on the illustration to see larger and detail photos.



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the German Steamer LAVINIA 1895 Portrait of the steamer from Hamburg with auxiliary sails set in the Channel, a German Schooner beyond 60 x 100 cm (23 1/2 x 39 3/8 in.) signed "H. Mohrmann" and dated The Werder Collection

Note: The steamer *Lavinia* was built in 1887 on the shipyard of the Flensburger Schiffsbau-Gesellschaft for the shipping company A.Kirsten in Hamburg, using an iron construction. Captains: Grunden 88/90, M. Crety 91/95, W. Richert 95. The Steamer was sold to Kalikanoff in Wladiwostock in 1896. Click on the image to enlarge the photo.


Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the British Steamer "Laurel Branch" 1899, the steamer on his way to Australia, with a sailing vessel and another steamer in the background, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm, good condition - Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: one typical signature of the artist (he used also "J.H. Mohrmann" and "H. Mohrman") is as follows:

, nearly all of his works are signed. Click on photo to enlarge.



Image of Willis Painting

Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1912) - Portrait of the "S.S. Capua of Hamburg, Capt. John Sperling", ca. 1900, the steamer with auxilliary sails shown at fair weather and under full sail of an American coastline - inscribed with title lower left - Oil on canvas with silk and velvet applications - 20 1/2 by 32 1/4 inch. (52 x 82 cm) - outstanding condition (under glass, therefore very well preserved) - Private Collection Norway
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Note:
Thomas Willis was a contemporary of Antonio Jacobsen in New York (they did also co-operate occasionally). He is well known for his ship portraits of merchant shipping and yachts around the turn of the century and represented in several Maritime Museums in the USA. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



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