Oil on canvas, 10 x 16 inches. Private Collection.NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), one of the most highly esteemed American marine artists, depicted the fifth America's Cup race in 1885, in which the American defender, Puritan, beat her British challenger twice, first in a thirty-two-mile race off New York and then in a second race off New Jersey's Scotland Lightship.5Puritan was the first of three America's Cup winners designed by Edward Burgess (1848-1891) and owned by the same syndicate headed by Charles J. Paine; Puritan was followed by Mayflower in 1886 and Volunteer in 1887. This is the only time in Cup history that a syndicate has won in three consecutive races. Jacobsen dramatized his composition and echoed the sentiments of the public by depicting the vast spectator fleet of vessels in the background, many of whom wave their American flags proudly in a show of patriotism.