Painting of the Matilda Wattenbach

Description
Matilda Wattenbach was built under special Lloyd's Registry of Shipping survey in 1853 by Frederick C. Clark in Jersey, England for J.J Helhuish and T.H.A. Wattenbach. The ship measured 210 feet in length, 35 feet in beam, 20 feet in depth of hold, and 1,058 tons. It first appears in Lloyd's Register in 1854. The Matilda Wattenback was a metal-sheathed vessel that traded between Great Britain and New Zealand and later participated in the China trade. In 1864 the ship's name changed to Race Horse.
The painting shows a front view of the ship under full sail from off the port bow. Montague Dawson (1895-1973) was a British painter whose father and grandfather were also well-known artists. During World War I he illustrated naval engagements. After the war, he specialized in the portrayal of clipper ships in full sail.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1935-1937
maker
Dawson, Montague
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
Measurements
without frame: 30 in x 20 in; 76.2 cm x 50.8 cm
with frame: 38 in x 28 1/4 in; 96.52 cm x 71.755 cm
ID Number
2005.0279.016
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.016
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
subject
Maritime
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Art
Cigna Maritime Collection
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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