Lot 86
  • 86

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

70,000 - 90,000 USD
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  • Montague Dawson R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A.
  • Bowling Along
  • signed MONTAGUE DAWSON (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Frost & Reed, London (acquired directly from the artist, September 7, 1948, no. 7526)
MacConnal, London (acquired from the above, September 13, 1948)
Private Collection, Michigan

Catalogue Note

Across the panorama of Bowling Along, a ketch (a double masted yacht with a larger forward mast than aft) slices through a glistening sea, white wake and spray marking its swift progress.  Jib down and spinnaker up, the ketch flies “wing on wing,” with the main sail on the starboard side and the spinnaker on port.  Wind coming from behind, the vessel sails downwind, possibly towards the finish line of a race, and in the distance appear two sloops, or sailboats with single masts. 

Dawson devoted his life to marine painting and few artists of the twentieth century rivaled his precision and skill in rendering boats and their crew.  While his majestic clipper ships on open seas (see lot 85) are perhaps the most well-known, yacht racing remained an important theme throughout his career, particularly racing in the Solent, the strait between England’s South Coast and the Isle of Wight. Dawson’s intimate knowledge of the interplay between man, ship, wind and water is on full display in Bowling Along, a work which vibrantly captures the sensation of a day spent at sea.