Oil on Canvas, 27" x 43"NOTES AMERICA-SCOOP :
Crew aboard VIGILANT drop a jib topsail as the skies darken at the start
of the third race of the America's Cup defense, Friday the 13th of October,
1893. Though ahead throughout, challenger VALKYRIE II would find bad luck on the
stormy run home, losing her enormous spinnaker, handing a close victory to
Russ Kramer writes: “I love this era of the great
cutters that vied for the cup around the turn of the century. Reference photos
are hard to come by, but I was able to recreate accurately the bowsprit details
aboard VIGILANT from the original blueprints, thanks to the wonderful Herreshoff
Museum in Bristol, RI.
The title is an homage to the great marine artist J.
Steven Dews, who also painted this contest; his painting bears the same
This painting is in private collection.