Artist's description:

The clipper ship, classic sailing ship of the 19th century was renowned for its beauty, grace, and speed. Apparently starting from the small, swift coastal packet known as the Baltimore clipper, the true clipper evolved first in American and later in British yards.Clippers sailed all over the world, primarily on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and on the New York-to-San Francisco route round Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush. Dutch clippers were built beginning in the 1850s for the tea trade and passenger service to Java.

The boom years of the clipper ship era began in 1843 as a result of a growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China. It continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1848 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

I have always been fascinated by these vessels and it was a joy to paint!

Materials used:

Old Holland paints applied on portrait quality canvas, gallery-wrapped on thick stretcher strips

Clipper Ship (2016)

$2,200

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This artwork is sold by Alan Shuman from United States

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