Attributed to James E. Buttersworth (Anglo/American, 1817-1894)
Dauntless and Sappho off the Needles, Isle of Wight. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in., in a molded gilt gesso frame with fleur-de-lis. Condition: Relined, scattered retouch.
Literature: For a depiction of the famous races held off the Isle of Wight in 1868, see page 170 in J.E. Buttersworth: 19th Century Marine Painter by Rudolph Schaefer, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, 1975; and for a similar composition and representation of the Dauntless, see page 90 in Ship, Sea & Sky: The Marine Arts of James Edward Buttersworth, by R.B Grassby, New York, 1994.