'The Cutty Sark' - In Squally Weather
signed 'MONTAGUE DAWSON' (lower left)
oil on canvas
28 x 4218 in. (71.1 x 107 cm.)
with Frost & Reed, London.
Mrs. A. E. Gundry, by 1967.
with Frederick Thom Gallery, Toronto.
Jeanne Tappan, Newport Beach, CA.
Gifted by the above to the present owner, 2012.
Brought to you by

Lot Essay

The Cutty Sark was immortalized as the fastest commercial sailing vessel of its time. She was built at Dumbarton in 1869 by Scott & Linton and completed by Denny Bros., who launched her on 23 November 1869. Initially the Cutty Sark transported tea from Shanghai to London, with her fastest voyage recorded in the winter of 1870, in which she travelled from London to Shanghai in ninety-eight days. The opening of the Suez Canal and the subsequent domination of the China tea trade by steamers in the 1880s saw the Cutty Sark relocated to the fast-growing Australian wool trade. It was on this route that the Cutty Sarks reputation for speed became renowned, with her fastest trip recorded as seventy-three days between Sydney and London in October 1885. Following World War I, she was brought home for restoration in 1922, and eventually moved to her custom-built dry dock in Greenwich in 1954, where she can still be visited as a museum ship and part of the National Historic Fleet today.
As a keen yachtsman and an officer in the Royal Navy, Montague Dawson’s knowledge of maritime subjects is evidenced in his meticulous detailing of the rigging within this picture. Dawson’s paintings often commemorate the ‘Great Tea Races’ and Australian wool runs and present a nostalgia for the bygone era of British clipper ships.

Related Articles

Sorry, we are unable to display this content. Please check your connection.

More from
European Art
Place your bid Condition report

A Christie's specialist may contact you to discuss this lot or to notify you if the condition changes prior to the sale.

I confirm that I have read this Important Notice regarding Condition Reports and agree to its terms. View Condition Report