Untitled (Ships), 1876

by Warren Sheppard (1858–1937)

Oil on canvas
20⅛ x 34⅛ inches
Signed and dated lower right: W. W. Sheppard / 1876

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Provenance

Sale, Capsule Gallery Auction, New York, New York, February 11, 2020, lot 19

 

Note: The burgee flown on the mast of this ship identifies it as a member of the Manhattan Yacht Club. The sloop depicted could possibly be “The Dolphin,” one of the few large sloops in the club at the time.

Artist Biography

Warren Sheppard was an established turn-of-the-century marine painter whose passion for sailing extended beyond his artistic subjects. Sheppard also designed and navigated racing yachts, which he sailed throughout the New England coast. He won the famous New York-to-Bermuda race and wrote and illustrated two books, “Practical Navigation” and “A Tale of the Sea.” His painting career was equally successful; after training under Mauritz De Haas, he created a body of work full of detailed sailing pictures and luminous moonlit seascapes. Sheppard exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,

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Warren Sheppard was an established turn-of-the-century marine painter whose passion for sailing extended beyond his artistic subjects. Sheppard also designed and navigated racing yachts, which he sailed throughout the New England coast. He won the famous New York-to-Bermuda race and wrote and illustrated two books, “Practical Navigation” and “A Tale of the Sea.” His painting career was equally successful; after training under Mauritz De Haas, he created a body of work full of detailed sailing pictures and luminous moonlit seascapes. Sheppard exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the Brooklyn Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as well as the Denver Exposition of 1884 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. His work is now in the Toledo Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Mariners’ Museum.

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