The Racing Yachts
Rounding Buoy 8. New York Regatta, 12th June, 1874
After the original oil on canvas.
JAMES EDWARD BUTTERSWORTH
(British / American) 1817-1894)
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AN OUTSTANDING WORK BY ONE OF AMERICA'S FOREMOST MARINE ARTISTS
Compare this typical, later work by Buttersworth to
his much earlier painting of a
New York Packet arriving in London dated to circa 1849. Here we see
the more flowing, late 19th Century style whereas the former painting is
clearly a more finely executed and detailed work, the product of a London artist not yet free of the realism
of the previous 250 years. Each is a superb example of its genre.
Cornelia and Magic raced against each other three
times during the 1874 New York yachting season with Magic the victor in every case.
Magic is shown here on the left. On this particular day, Cornelia came
Technically, the yachts are small, centre-board
schooners of just over 65 feet in length. This was the last year in which
this type of yacht was raced at New York.
Magic had previously been the first successful defender of
The America's Cup - against Great Britain's, Cambria (1870), thereby setting
the precedent for Great Britain never to succeed in winning this prestigious
Sadly, the original painting is somewhat degraded by extensive
craquelure, corroded varnish and white lead discolouration. Nevertheless,
it recently sold at auction for $341,000. The above image is as
would have been seen on the day it was completed
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