Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (New York/New Jersey/Denmark, 1850-1921) oil on board marine ship portrait painting depicting the steamship S. S. Vesta sailing a turbulent sea below a cloudy sky. Signed, dated, with inscription "A. Jacobsen. 1915/31 Prisade Av. West Hoboken/N. J." lower right. Additional pencil inscriptions en verso. Housed in a decoratively carved gilt wood frame. Sight – 19 1/4" H x 34 3/4" W. Framed – 27" H x 43" W. Note: we wish to thank the Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News, VA, for confirming that this painting was recently added to the Antonio Jacobsen catalog raisonne/checklist originated by Harold S. Sniffen, and for providing information on The Vesta. This lot also includes a lithograph of the S. S. Vesta after the painting by Jacobsen, Signed "Antonio Jacobsen" in the print lower right. Housed and matted under glass in a wooden frame. Sight – 12" H x 19 1/2" W. Framed – 20 5/8" H x 28" W. Both items early 20th century. Note: The SS Vesta was a Triple Expansion Engine, 42" stroke, 1875 HP, 5075 DWT. Commissioned April 9, 1913 at New York Shipbuilding Corp at Camden, New Jersey. This vessel was named after the Vesta Oil Works, Brooklyn, which came into the Standard Oil Group on April 1, 1879. The Vesta began her career by hauling Barge 94 from Baton Rouge to ports north of Hatteras. Later she teamed up with Barges 84 and 85. A round trip took from 23 to 25 days. Distinctions: The Vesta opened the port of Beaumont, Texas in 1916 by being the first vessel to go up the newly completed ship canal. The Vesta searched for and found Barge 88, which had broken away and become separated from her tow steamer in the Gulf of Mexico. The Vesta continued tow-tripping until May 1931, when she was sent across the Atlantic to deliver herself to Istanbul to new owners, a British flagged subsidiary, then known as the Standard Transportation Company, Ltd. of Hong Kong.This delivery took place June 20, 1931, three months after the Vesta's name had been changed to Pegasus at Trieste in March. As Pegasus this vessel served in and around the eastern Mediterranean up to and including part of WWII. (source: The Mariners' Museum and Park, Newport News, VA). Artist's Biography: Danish born Antonio Jacobsen became one of America's best known and most prolific painters of nautical subjects. He received some artistic training in Copenhagen as a young man before emigrating to America in 1873 and settling in Hoboken, New Jersey. He got a job decorating safes, which eventually led to a job painting portraits of the vessels of the Old Dominion Steamship Line, and worked the rest of his life as a maritime portraitist. He is said to have created some 6000 ship portraits in the New York Harbor between 1876 and 1919, many of which are now in museum collections. (sources: Harold S. Sniffen, the Mariners' Museum, and AskArt). Provenance: The Estate of Vance C. Carter, Knoxville, TN. CONDITION: Painting with surface abrasions, scattered areas of paint loss, largest 1" x 3", to board. 1" x 1/2" area of craquelure, top center. Foxing spots en verso of board. Age cracks, areas of loss to frame. Lithograph in overall good condition with toning/acid burn to matt. Lithograph not examined outside of frame.
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