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A Selection of antique Ship Portraits by American, Australian & other artists - Updated

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Charles Shlee Ship Portrait

Charles Slee (Shlee) - Portrait of the British Brig *Thomas Chalmers commanded by James Duncan of Dundee* - the vessel is shown entering Riga under full sail - watercolor, pen and ink on stretched canvas - signed l/c "From Charles Shlee Ship Drawer at Riga 1850" and inscribed with title to scale - 51 x 66 cm (20 x 26 inch) - in the original birdeye`s maple veneered frame - North American Collection

Note: The wooden 197 ton Brig *Thomas Chalmers* was built in St Martins, New Brunswick, Canada in 1847 and registered at St John, New Brunswick on June 26th, 1847. It was sold to James Duncan of Dundee, Scotland and registered at Dundee in 1847. Pictures by this Riga based artist are quite rare and this is a nice example of his work. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Yorke Painting

William Gay Yorke (Anglo-American 1817-1888) - Ship Portrait of the American full-rigged Ship *Orpheus* 1861, the vessel under slightly reduced sails at sea off a costline near Liverpool, other shipping beyond - signed "Wm. York / L'pool June 1861" and inscribed with the ship`s name - Oil on canvas, in the period (original) frame, very good condition - 24 by 36 inch. (66 x 91.5 cm) - Private Collection in the USA
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Note: This painting is surely of the best works produced by William G. Yorke which is in a Private Collection. It shown a lively sea, great detail and a very well done execution overall. The "Orpheus" was commanded by Capt. Laban Howes. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Willis Picture

Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1925) attributed to - Ship Portrait of the German Bark NANNY of Hamburg, Capt. B.H. Müller, ca. 1887, the vessel under full sail off an American coastline, a pilot Schooner "No. 5" beyond Oilpainting with silkwork inscribed with title - 51 x 81 cm (20 x 32 in.) The Werder Collection

Note: The *Nanny* was bought by shipping company J.W.Burmester in January 1885 in England. The Captains were A.P.H. Baethgen, C. Wilhelmi und B.H. Müller. The NANNY stranded off Santos on May 11th, 1890 and the wreck was sold soon after at auction, the crew was saved. Click on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (American, 1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the British four-masted Bark BERMUDA 1894 The vessel is shown under sail on the open sea with sailing boats beyond - Oil on canvas, relined 60 x 98 cm (23 5/8 x 38 1/2 in.) signed "H. Mohrmann" and dated "1894"

Note: The *Bermuda* was built in 1893 on the ship yard of Russel & Co. in Greenock (Scotland) for the shipping company P. Denniston & Co in Greenock. Under the captains H. Krohn, E.O.M. Korff, J.H.T. Witt and F. Fretwurst it sailed to India, Australia and to the westcoast of America. In 1912 the *Bermuda* was sold to C.Bech & Co. in Tvedestrand and became the name *Nordhav*. The vessel was lost in 1918 because of a Torpedo attack by a German U-Boat. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright of the image is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Borstel Painting

Reginald Arthur Borstel (Australian, 1875-1922) - Ship Portrait of the British full-rigged Ship "Slieve Donard", end of the 19th Century, the vessel under full sail with a small Island in the distance, Oil on canvas laid down on board, 45 x 60 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany.

Note: Although unsigned this is a typical composition from R.A. Borstel. The ship was registered in Liverpool and belonged to the W.P. Sinclair Line. Click on the image to enlarge. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.




Ship Portrait

William Edgar (Australian, fl. 1898-1918) - Excellent Ship Portrait of the German Barque *Antuco* (of Hamburg) sailing to Australia, ca. 1900 - the vessel is shown under full sail at moderate sea off a Rock Headland with a light house and with two-masted vessel in the background - Oil on artist`s board - 48 by 62,5 cm (19 by 24 inch), with frame 62 x 76 cm (24 by 30 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name and signed lower right "W. Edgar, Charlestown Studios, NSW - cleaned and in good condition - Private Collection, Memphis (TN), U.S.A.

Note: The large steel Barque "Antuco" (75 Meter Lenght, 1532 Tons) was built in 1892 by Blohm & Voss and owned by the Hamburg Shipping Company N.H.P. Schuldt. Captains in command were D. Thedens (1892), H.N. Spiess (1893-1900) and W. Kröger (1901-07). It was a highly appreciated ship by both the owners and captains & crew and many fast travels to Southern America and Australia were noted. In 1908 Antuco was sold to the Hamburg Shipping Company of 1896 and Capt. L. Müller was in command until 1912 when it was finally sold to Grimstad. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations


R.A. Borstel Painting

Reginald Arthur Borstel (Australian, 1875-1922) - Ship Portrait of the British full-rigged ship *Cressington* in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 1905 - the ship is shown on the high sea with the Australian coastline in the distance - Oil on board, 46 by 59 cm (18 by 23 1/2 inch), with frame 59 x 72 cm (23 by 28 1/2 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - cleaned, small repair in the sky, good condition, new varnish, period frame - Company Collection, Europe

Note: Although steamers were already used in this period for most maritime transports it was more economic to use for the trade to South America (West coast) and Australia sailing vessels. This period was the Golden Age of the so called "Windjammer" sailing ships. The Cressington is one of these large vessels and it can be supposed that it was used for the Wool Trade from Australia to Great Britain. 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.


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). Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright.


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 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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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. Click on photo to enlarge.


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 here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Sailing Ship Portrait

Harald Percival (American, fl. 1875-1910) - Ship Portrait of the Scotish Ship *Earnock* at sea 1902 - the full-rigged, three-masted ship is shown under full sail at calm sea, smaller vessels are in the background - Watercolor on paper, 24 by 35 cm (9 1/2 by 14 inch), with frame 36 x 47 cm (14 by 18 1/2 inch) - inscribed on the hull with ship`s name, signed and dated 1902 - light tanning and minor age signs, otherwise ok, period frame

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Percival was an American ship portrait artist who worked mainly for British and American captains. His small to medium size watercolors shows an accurate handling of the ship and often a light, good weather impression. He is represented for example in the Peabody Museum Salem and in different private collections, mainly in Great Britain and the US. The Ship *Earnock* was built 1877 at Birrell in Dumbarton (Scotland) and owned by T Dixon & Sons in Glasgow, Scotland. It was built in the tradition of the fine Clipper Ships known from Scotland. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations




Jacobsen oil painting

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the three-masted Portuguese Steamer "Peninsular" 1903, the vessel from Lisbon is shown under full steam at fair weather - Oil on canvas - 46 x 76,5 cm (18x30 in), framed 58,5 x 90 cm (23x35 1/2 in) - signed lower right "A. Jacobsen" and dated 1903, ship`s name on hull and flag professionally cleaned and restored at margins of canvas, signs of age and old dust, ready to hang - on the original stretcher and in a valuable and hand made new 22 Karat genuine Gold Leaf Frame - The Oporto Collection

Note: Flying the ensign of the shipping company and the Portuguese flag. The sketch of this painting is in the Mariners Museum, VA and a similar painting is mentioned in the book by Sniffen. Provenance: Private Collection Martha`s Vineyard. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations


Tug boat painting by Antonio Jacobsen

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the two-masted American Tug Boat "Ocean King - L. Luckenbach 8 South St. NY" 1886, the vessel from New York is shown under full steam at fair weather - Oil on canvas - 56 x 92 cm (22x36 inch) - signed, inscribed with title and address and dated good condition, period frame Private Collection USA

Note: The Screwtug "Ocean King" was built 1884 at Neafie & Kevy in Philadelphia for L. Luckenbach in New York City. It measured 109.0 x 21.0 x 12.5 and is listed with 201 tons. The sketch for this ship is in the Jacobsen index (please refer to Sniffen p. 224 No. 10) and held in the Mariners` s Museum, VA. A similar painting (or this painting) is listed itself under No. 11 in this book. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations


Image of Holm Ship Portrait

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the *Vaderland* 1901 The RED STAR Liner bound for New York Oil on canvas 75 x 130 cm (30 x 50 in.) signed lower right "A. Jacobsen" and dated "1901" and further inscribed "31 Palisade Av. West Hoboken" good condition, modern gold frame - Belgian Collection

Note: A extra large and very detailled ship portrait by Antonio Jacobsen of the famous Anglo-Belgian steamer at calm sea. Please note that the darker sections (eg. in the sky) are a result of artifical light, because this photo was taken on the "Euroantica" fair in Antwerp. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.


Image of Jacobsen Painting

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the American Red Star Liner "Finland" in New York Harbor off the Statue of Liberty 1906, the vessel is starting its transatlantic voyage to Antwerp (Belgium), signed and dated "A. Jacobsen 1906" lower left, Oil on canvas laid down on panel, 56 x 91 cm (22 x 36 in), good condition - Private Collection USA

Note: A sketch and smaller oil of the Finland by Jacobsen is in the Mariners Museum (VA) - please refer to Sniffen. The Passenger "Finland" was in service for the Red Star Line New York from 1902-1928. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Forrest Painting

Haughton Forrest - Yachtrace off a fortified coastal point in Great Britain, executed ca. 1880 in Australia, indistinctly signed, Oil on Artist`s board, ca. 30 x 45 cm, very good condition, original gilt frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Western Germany

Note: A typical composition by the artist with technically very well done portraits of the yachts and a rather realistic sea as well as an interesting handling of the sky. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



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 here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Thomas Willis painting

Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1925) - Ship Portrait of a large American Sailing Yacht at sea, ca. 1895 - the vessel is approaching to the viewer under nearly full speed, a coastline and an American Pilot boat in the background - Oil on canvas (sea, sky and background) with ship worked out in silk and velvet (embroidery) on the original stretcher, under glass, dimensions 33 x 55 cm (13 by 21 1/2 in), with frame 46 x 69 cm (18 by 27 in) - signed, with monogram "T.W." - cleaned and in good condition - Private Collection, Northern Germany

Note: The three-masted Yacht is flying the American Yacht Ensign as well as 3 signal flags on the last mast, on the second mast is the house flag of the owner visible and on the first mast is the ensign of the Yacht Club. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



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