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Americas Cup
Volunteer vs Thistle 
By James Buttersworth

35  x  25 1/2

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3 1/2 inch white gold solid wood frame

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A "hat trick" for "Burgess"; his third  win,
"Volunteer" wins over Scotland's "Thistle" 2-0

James Buttersworth

Known for marine paintings from subjects he observed  in the waters off New York, and he lived long enough to depict the early  steamship era. His career spanning sixty years was dedicated to portraits of all  types of ships at sea such as racing clipper ships, steamers, and yachts. Nearly  600 of his paintings have been found, and his contribution in preserving this  colorful chapter in American history is profound.

His special skill was  portraying the majesty, grace, and movement of sailing vessels, and viewers have  a strong sense of being pulled along because of the curves and flow he conveyed  in his wind-filled sails.

He applied paint thinly, primarily in oil, and  used a variety of grounds including canvas, milkboard, wood panels, and metal. A  meticulous draftsman, he had an eye for exact detail, and painted clipper ships  and great sailing yachts as well as historical conflicts with battleships. The  paintings are usually made dramatic by stormy skies and churning ocean waves.

He was born in Middlesex County, England, and it is thought that his  grandfather was Thomas Buttersworth, 1768-1828, and his father Thomas  Buttersworth, Jr, 1797-1842, both renowned marine painters. Although his  heritage is unproven, it is obvious he was well schooled in the tradition of  English marine painting.

Between 1845 and 1847, he emigrated to the  United States and settled in Hoboken, New Jersey, and little is known of him  before that time. He brought many of his paintings with him from England to  sell, and Currier and Ives company purchased some of them to convert into  lithographs. He benefited from the wide exposure this association gave his work.