Montague Dawson, R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
- Montague Dawson, R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
- The Cape Horner, The Cutty Sark
- signed Montague Dawson (lower left)
- oil on canvas
- 40 1/4 by 50 in.
- 102.5 by 127 cm
Private Collection (acquired from the above)
Purnell Art Company, Baltimore
280 feet long, 36 feet broad, Cutty Sark saw eight tea seasons under Captain George Moodie, followed by many successful seasons in the Australian wool trade. Despite the fact that the Cutty Sark’s racing career began in 1870 with a slow maiden voyage to and from Shanghai, she would quickly prove herself to be one of the fastest vessels to ever sail at sea, rivaled only early in her career by the famous Thermopylae, whom she had been specifically built to beat. After achieving some of the fastest voyages ever recorded, Cutty Sark was sold in 1895 to a Lisbon firm (who changed her name to Ferreira), and was then purchased in 1922 by Captain Dowman, whose widow bequested the vessel to the Thames Nautical College, Greenwich. In 1954 she was dry-docked in Greenwich, London, where she can be visited by the public today as part of the National Historic Fleet. Montague Dawson’s majestic portrayal of the Cutty Sark cutting gracefully through rough seas is a testament to the ship’s power and speed, and it demonstrates why his detailed depictions of clipper ships are among the most celebrated of his career and of the genre.