James Edward Buttersworth (American, 1817-1894)
Yacht Columbia. Signed "J.E. Buttersworth" l.r., identified and titled on engraved brass plaque below and on a note affixed to the reverse. Circa 1870. Oil on academy board, depicting the yacht Columbia rounding the flag boat off Staten Island, with distant yachting, 7 5/8 x 12 in., in a molded giltwood frame. Condition: Very good.
Note: James Edward Buttersworth was known for marine paintings from subjects he observed in the waters off New York. His career spanned sixty years and was dedicated to portraits of all types of ships at sea such as racing clipper ships, steamers, and yachts. He was born in Middlesex County, England, and was schooled in the tradition of English marine painting. Between 1845 and 1847 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Hoboken, New Jersey. 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. From 1850 to 1852, he exhibited and sold paintings through the American Art Union in New York City, and, as a result, was commissioned to make a series of drawings for the yacht race of 1851 in England. He supported a large family and lived in West Hoboken, New Jersey with a view of the New York harbor. A similar view by Buttersworth is illustrated in J.E. Buttersworth 19th-Century Marine Painter, by Rudolph J. Schaeffer, Mystic Seaport, Inc, 1975, p. 177. A note affixed to the reverse reads..."Presented to Wm.J. Stewart by Samuel Henshaw, Staten Island, New York.