the viewer, and to the right is the famous yacht “Magic” on a windward tack. The crew are scurrying around the deck pulling in the jib and lowering and furling the mainsail, and like many of Buttersworth’s finer works the painting is very atmospheric with the dark clouds creating an ominous sense of bad weather approaching. Between the two yachts is the red buoy appearing in many Buttersworth racing scenes: Buoy 8 1/2 off New York Harbor.
Joining these works is a remarkable small oil painting of Sailing Vessels Off Capri by Albert Bierstadt. In the late spring and summer of 1857, Bierstadt visited Southern Italy with Sanford Robinson Gifford and painted an extensive series of studies of this particular coastline. As can be seen in this striking painting, Bierstadt used aerial perspective, dramatic light effects and reduced the visibility of his brushstrokes to create a poetic atmosphere which envelops the viewer of the painting. The spectacular white sails of the boats cut across the brilliant blues of the sea and the sky. The sophisticated simplicity of the composition marks this as a masterpiece by one of America's great master painters.
A contemporary coastal painting by Massachusetts artist William R. Davis, titled Sunset on the Banks, joins the works of past masters. Davis, who works en plein air, is a pre-eminent contemporary marine artist in the United States. Inspired by art history, Davis poured over maritime paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and developed technical skills while achieving his own artistic style. He is attracted to the luminous nature of sunrise and sunset, painting them with passion. As a result, works such as this one are among the artist's most dramatic and striking works.
Also available is a wonderful oil portrait portraying a confident and dashing English Naval Commander, sword in hand, with his ship in the background. It is fitted in a carved and gilded period frame, probably the original. This same painting, attributed to Francis Wheatley, was the subject of an article in the Antique Collectors Guide, February 1988, entitled “Anonymous Faces.” A signature work by British nautical painter Montague Dawson, The Sentinel, rounds out the offering of marine paintings.
Articles of shipboard life include a ship's chronometer, circa 1870, by London maker Ja. Hatton. The eight day movement is set into a deep brass case with a sliding disk at the bottom with the engraving "Wind To The Left Hand Once A Week." This instrument retains its original fancy rosewood two-tiered box its original blue steel hands with pierced pointers.
As well, an antique anchor-form clock and barometer, probably English circa 1890, is available for the nautical enthusiast. This wonderful desk compendium is comprised of a clock (with eight-day movement), an aneroid barometer, a thermometer and a small ships' wheel with the day and date displayed on a black granite base.
Finally, a unique whaling journal written while on a cruise from New Bedford to the Pacific Ocean between 1836 and 1839 completes the