Lot 83
  • 83

Montague Dawson R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.

70,000 - 100,000 USD
187,500 USD
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  • Montague Dawson R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
  • Pacific Days, the Shun Lee, 674 tons, built in 1866
  • signed Montague Dawson (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Frost & Reed, London (acquired directly from the artist and taken to stock, October 30, 1930, no. 10630)
Cooling Galleries (acquired from the above, October 30, 1930) 
Kennedy Galleries, New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, February 27, 1986, lot 111, illustrated
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Built in 1865-66 by William Walker & Co.,  Shun Lee was of composite design, a wood construction over an iron frame, measuring 158 feet in length with a 31 1/2 foot beam and featuring long overhangs at bow and stern.  As her name suggests, the clipper was intended for the China tea trade, but after only one trip was sold in 1871 to Potter & Co., London, thereafter she then saw most action in the commercial routes between London and New Zealand.  The Shun Lee was destroyed by fire when stationed in Rio de Janerio in 1891.  Crew members falsely accused the mate of setting the blaze but were later forced to pay the costs of the inquiry when the true cause was revealed to be spontaneous combustion.