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William Bradford (American, 1823-1892) Queen of the Seas.






American & European Works of Art - 2609B
Date / Time :
September 07, 2012 12:00PM


William Bradford (American, 1823-1892)

Queen of the Seas.
Unsigned, identified on a presentation plaque. Oil on canvas, 33 x 52 in., framed. Condition: Lined, retouch, craquelure, surface grime.

Note: The Queen of the Seas was built in East Boston by Paul Curtis and was owned by Glidden & Williams of Boston. Captained by Elias D. Knight, for her maiden voyage she joined the "Deep Sea Derby" in the fall of 1852 , a race of the finest clipper ships of the day from Boston and New York around Cape Horn to San Francisco. The Queen of the Seas set sail from Boston on November 3, 1852, and arrived in San Francisco March 11, 1853.

Assorted ephemera concerning William Bradford paintings, the vessel Queen of the Seas, and an invoice (dated 1969) for conservation of the painting at hand, accompany the lot.
Estimate $50,000-70,000

An old photograph shows a partial canvas stencil from M. J. Whipple's on the reverse.

Lined in 1969 by Wiebold Studio, Inc., Terrace Park, Ohio. (old invoice accompanies the lot). Broad areas of retouch to sky and water as follows: an L-shaped area measuring 20 in. across and 9 in. down in the u.l. corner; an area measuring 8 x 4 in. to the left of the ship, two areas in upper right corner, the larger measuring 4 x 3 in., a broad general area in the water l.c. measuring 20 in. x 3 in. overall. Retouch to fill craquelure along left side, particularly in the area of the distant sailboat. Dots of retouch to l.l. corner.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Ohio, William Bradford, Cincinnati, Glidden, Paul Curtis, Elias D. Knight, Derby, Park, Wiebold Studio Inc.