Lot 85
  • 85

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

60,000 - 80,000 USD
118,750 USD
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  • Montague Dawson R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
  • The Lofty Clipper, Clan MacFarlane
  • signed Montague Dawson (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Frost & Reed, London (acquired directly from the artist and taken into stock, January 1935, no. 5907)
Cooling Galleries, London
Sale: Christie's, New York, March 1, 1990, lot 271, illustrated (as The Clan McFarlane on High Seas)
Omell Galleries, London
Acquired from the above, 1990

Catalogue Note

The Clan MacFarlane was built by Russel & Co., for Thomas Dunlop & Sons and launched in 1881 from Greenock, Scotland.  The three-masted full-rigged iron ship was sunk with her crew by a cyclone when stationed at Noumea, New Caledonia in 1934.  The title of the present work is likely original, Dawson's addition of "lofty" emphasizing both the ships' sails and the somewhat unusual tall, vertical composition.