Lot 643
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MONTAGUE DAWSON R.S.M.A., F.R.S.A. | Surging On (The Gem of the Ocean)

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Montague Dawson
  • Surging On (The Gem of the Ocean) 
  • signed MONTAGUE DAWSON (lower left); inscribed "SURGING ON" The Gem of the Ocean 700 Tons built at Medford 1859 (on the stretcher) 
  • oil on canvas
  • 24 by 35 7/8 in.
  • 61 by 91.1 cm


Frost & Reed, Ltd., London, no. 8597 (acquired directly from the artist, July 1947) 
Private Collection 
Thence by descent to the present owner 


The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has been lined with wax as an adhesive. The paint layer is still stable as a result of the lining. The paint layer is clean and varnished. Some marks in the sky read darkly under ultraviolet light, but these seem to be original to the artist's technique. No retouches are apparent. It is recommended that the work be hung as is.
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Catalogue Note

The Gem of the Ocean was medium-sized clipper built in Boston in 1852. Outfitted for both passengers and cargo, she began her career as a transit ship from the East Coast to West Coast and went on to travel mainly throughout the Pacific Ocean. In August 1879, she foundered off the coast of Vancouver Island.

For more details about this ship, please see lot 475.