Fine Art Emporium - Ship Portraits, Marine Art and Nautical Antiques
 
Art Gallery of Old Ship Portraits and Marine Paintings
 
A Selection of antique Ship Portraits of American and Canadian vessels (Sailing Ships & Steamers)

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Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

Petrus Weyts (Flemish, 1799-1855), attributed to - Ship Portrait of the American Bark MANUEL ORTIZ, Otto F.N. Raven Commander passing Flushing 1850 the vessel under full sail off Vlissingen with the pilot schooner "Antwerp No. 2" and a second view of the bark beyond - Reverse on glass painting 62 x 82 cm (24 3/8 x 32 1/4 in.) unsigned The Werder Collection, Germany

Note: The bark *Manuel Ortiz* was built in 1849 by Mayr, it had 353 GRT and the shipping company was Bechtel & Schombey. 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 Weyts Painting

C.L. Weyts - Ship Portrait of the American full-rigged Ship "W.F. Schmidt of New York, Capt. B. Sears, passing Flushing 1862", Reverse on Glass Painting - 53 x 70 cm - inscribed with title and dated - original gilt frame - Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: A typical composition by the artist with a large view of the ship in the mouth of the Schelde with Flushing in the background. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Loos Painting

John Loos - Portrait of the Canadian full-rigged Ship *La Gloire* in 1862 - the vessel is shown under full sail off the Channel coastline near Calais signed, dated and inscribed "Antwerp" lower right - Oil on canvas - 52 x 76 cm (20 1/2 by 30 inch) Private Collection, Northern America

Note: The wooden ship *La Gloire* was built in 1862 in Hantsport, Nova Scotia for the Churchill Shipping Co. and measured 1,138 tons. The vessel was used for the Trans-Atlantic trade to Europe and for other routes. This is a very well done and early example of a work by John Loos of Antwerp, Belgium. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



Image of Petersen Picture

Heinrich Petersen - Ship Portrait of the Canadian Brigantine " G Wheel Wright" from Nova Scotia, painted ca. 1865 - the vessel under slightly reduced sails at sea, a second view of the ship can be seen in the left background signed "H. Petersen" - Oil on canvas - 47 x 65 cm (18 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.) North American Collection

Note: The wooden brigantine *G Wheel Wright* was built in 1862 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada and measured 229 tons. The vessel was used for the Trans-Atlantic trade to Europe and for other routes. As usual with Heinrich Petersen this painting is from quality and execution really convincing. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.




China Trade Painting

Nam Cheong or Workshop (Chinese, fl. 1845-1870) - Ship Portrait of the British (or Canadian) barque *Crayfish* in the Chinese Sea, ca. 1868 - the barque is shown at sea near an Island and with a junk and paddle steamer in the far distance - Oil on canvas on original China Trade stretcher, 46 by 60 cm (18 by 23 5/8 inch), with frame 56 x 69 cm (22 by 27 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - light usual China Trade crackle (in the sea and hull), cleaned, only few areas with inpaint, good condition - Private Collection, Indianapolis, USA

Note: Nam Cheong worked in Whampoa, Hong Kong and rarely signed his works. This painting can be attributed to him or to a member of his workshop. It is executed on the typical thin canvas and in nearly original condition and without extensive crackle. It was previously framed and preserved under glass. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Pringle Painting

John Balfour Pringle - Portrait of a Nova Scotia Barque under full sail, 1868 - the Bark is shown off the Aisla Craig signed and inscribed "Greenock" - Oil on canvas - 48 x 76 cm (19 by 30 inch) Private Collection, Northern America

Note: Alisa Craig is a familiar land mark often seen in paintings of the Clyde River School. The painting shows the vessel flying a Lovitt Shipping Company flag. There were several Lovitts who were ship owners in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the 19th C. Their house flags varied from a red "L" to a blue "WDL" on white grounds. Without code flags or the name of the vessel on the bow, identification is difficult. There were three Lovitt Company barques in Greenock in 1868: the George Bell, the Francis Bourneuf and the Agnes M.Lovitt. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Yorke Painting

William Howard Yorke - The Canadian full-rigged Ship *Monrovia* shown off the British Coast near Liverpool, ca. 1878 - an inbound view showing South Stack Lighthouse with Holyhead Mountain in the distance signed "W.H. Yorke" - Oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm (24 by 36 inch) Private Collection

Note: Large size works by Yorke are overall quite rare and furthermore it was executed in his early years with great care and detail. This painting has been in the family of the Captain until it came into a North American Collection.



Pirate Sailing Lugger off Gibraltar

Spanish Artist FR - An Algerian Pirate Lugger is chased off Gibraltar, ca. 1880 - the three-masted Corsair Vessel is trying to escape from the British Naval Ship in the left background (which fires out of two cannons), on the right the Rock of Gibraltar - Oil on canvas, 66 by 94 cm (26 by 37 in), with frame 88 x 115 cm (34 5/8 by 45 in) - signed l.r. with monogram "FR" and anchor sign - cleaned, restored and in good condition, bright color, clearly visibel age craquelure throughout, in the (original) heavy mahogony frame - Private Collection Fenland, UK - Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations

Note: Many Pirates in Algier and Northern Africa were captured by American and European forces during the attacks in the 1830s (eg. USS Constitution was originally built for this purpose). Anyway and - according to reports from British Naval Officers - several Pirates / Corsairs were still active in the remaining part of the 19th Century and as late as until 1900. The Straits of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea was a preferred place where they were seeking merchant ships from Europe and America to enter and capture ship and crew. British Naval Ships from Gibraltar were on duty to chase the Pirates.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Italian Pierhead Painter in Naples (19th Century) - Portrait of the Canadian Brigantine *Grace (of) St. John`s, Newfoundland - Rob. B. Giles Master* ca. 1880 - the vessel is shown under full sail in the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond inscribed as shown above in the centre water section - Gouache on paper - 46 x 63 cm (18 by 25 inch) Private Collection Canada

Note: Many Italian gouaches are unsigned and it is difficult to attribute them to a certain artist because the style of the different pierhead painters working in Naples (and Italy at all) was often quite similar. It might be possible that this is a picture from the workshop of Luigi Roberto, who was one of the most active painters in this harbor. Click here or on the image to enlarge the picture.


Image of John Loos Painting

John Loos - Ship Portrait of the Canadian full-rigged Ship "Annie E. Wright" 1886, the vessel under full sail passing the French coast near Calair, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 55 x 80 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany

Note: the typical signature of John Loos is as follows:

, nearly all of his works are signed. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Yorke Painting

William H. Yorke (British, 1847-1921) attr. to - Ship Portrait of the Canadian Brigantine *Aeronaut* from Nova Scotia, painted ca. 1888 - the vessel is shown at sea off the Skerries reef (in the left background) - Oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm (24 by 36 inch) North American Collection

Note: The Aeronaut flys the Canadian Merchant ensign with a crest in the middle of the red field. The crest, adopted in the mid 1880s, differentiates it from the British Merchant ensign however most Canadian vessels continued to use the standard British Merchant ensign. In size, composition, paint handling, the manner in which details of the ship are rendered and especially the reflection of the bow and stern in the water are all characteristic of W H Yorke. The wooden brigantine Aeronaut was built in 1886, Belliveau's Cove, Nova Scotia and measured 139.5 feet in length with 446 gross tonnage. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations




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 the image to enlarge.


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 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 Yacht Painting

Dutch School - Yacht Regatta on the North Sea or Atlantic, ca. 1880 several sailing boats and yachts are racing on the open sea, one boat shown closely in the foreground (with three sailors on board), two others can be found in the middleground and several more in the background Oil on canvas 59 x 88 cm (23 1/4 x 34 5/8 in.) not relined, old wear and crackle, otherwise good condition - Private Collection New York, NY, USA

Note: Regatta scenes from this early period of the sailing sport can only rarely be found. This unsigned example shows a nice handling of the water, sky and the boats. With this period oil painting you can purchase one of the most desirable and appreciated motif in marine art (Regatta scenes). Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



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 (not yet been identified). This was not a racing yacht but a large pleasure and cruising yacht of an American Millionaire. Please also note the numerous crew members on board. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



H. Shimidzu (Japanese, fl. 1920s) - Ship Portrait of the Steamer "Canadian Transporter" off Yokohama 1923, with Mount Fuji and a the harbour in the background - Oil and Gouache on Silk - 34 x 49 cm (13 1/4 x 19 in) - with frame 45 x 60 cm (17 3/4 x 23 5/8 in) - signed "H. Shimidzu, 1923" lower left - good condition, with UV-Protection Acrylglass - period gold frame - Oporto Collection Portugal

Note: Typical ship portrait artists appeared in Japan only in the 20th Century. The first pierhead painter was Shimidzu who was located in Yokohama and created a number of small or medium size oil paintings on silk and also watercolours. His well done works usually depict steamers or motorships and often he added some local background (typically Mount Fuji). Later he was followed by T. Hagiwara . Shimidzu is represented in the Peabody Museum Salem, mentioned in their Catalogue and in other literature about Marine Artists. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Papaluca Ship Portrait

Luca Papaluca (Sen.) - Ship Portrait of the *M.Y. "Happy Days" N.Y.Y.C.* ca. 1920 The American Steam Yacht at calm sea in the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond Gouache 40 x 70 cm (15 3/4 x 27 1/2 in.) signed "L. Papaluca" l.r. and inscribed with title in the center section at the bottom outstanding original condition (very slight foldes on the left side), in the period frame - Private Collection in New Hampshire, USA

Note: One of the most beautiful ship portraits from this artist with a bright portrait of this Yacht from the New York Yacht Club. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



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