Exclusive on Bidsquare Thomas Willis (American 1850-1925) "Portrait of the American Steam Yacht Niagara"
, mixed media oil and silk on canvas, flying the N.Y.Y.C. (New York Yacht Club) burgee, Gould's private signal, and the American ensign, signed lower right "T. Willis NY"
, in original guild frame and oak liner.
14 ½ in. x 24 ½ in. Overall 20 ½ in. x 30 ¼ in.
Belonging to financier and New York Yacht Club member Howard Gould, the steam yacht Niagara was a fine fixture in the bay at the turn of the century. Built in 1898 by Harland & Hollingsworth from the design of W.G. Shackford, the steel twin screw ship was originally built as a bark, measuring 272 feet long. Refit within her first decade without spars, sails and mizzen mast, the main was moved behind the deckhouse. Most likely Willis was directly commissioned to portray the yacht immediately, catching her in her finest condition.
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