Oil on Board, 11 ½” x 13 ½” sight.
Lemuel Eldred (1848-1921).
Marine painter and etcher Lemuel D. Eldred was born and raised in Fairhaven, Massachusetts near New Bedford’s whaling community. He studied for a short time at the Academie Julian in Paris (1880) and traveled throughout Europe (1883) but he claimed he was self-taught. He exhibited in Boston and at the National Academy in 1876. His work is represented in the Peabody Museum of Salem, MA., the Old Dartmouth Historical Society and the Kendall Whaling Museum.
George H. McCord (1848-1913).
Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 29″ sight.
Known for atmospheric marine and landscape paintings in oil, pastel, and watercolor and for black and white drawings, George McCord was born in New York City and remained primarily a resident in Brooklyn although he traveled widely through the New England coast. There are six known Nantucket paintings by McCord. He was part of the second generation of Hudson River School painters and a member of the National Art Academy.
Oil on Board, 19 ½” x 35″ sight.
Signed and dated and inscribed ‘Antonio Jacobsen 1912’
Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921).
The single-screw steamer Ponce was built for the New York & Porto Rico Steamship company by Harlan & Hollingsworth at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1899. Registered at 3,506 tons, she measured 317 feet in length with a 42’ beam, and could make 12 knots at full steam. With accommodation for 70 First and 30 Second Class passengers, she sailed the New York to the West Indies route for many years until reportedly sold to Chinese owners in 1956, after which she was renamed.
Despite her exceptionally long service life, by far the most interesting episode in Ponce’s otherwise mundane career actually took place in September 1899, whilst the ship was running her trials off the eastern seaboard of the United States. These trials coincided with that year’s America’s Cup races and the Italian wireless pioneer Signor Marconi, who had agreed to report the races for the New York Herald newspaper, chose Ponce as his floating headquarters. Thus it was that the first ever ship-to-shore wireless telegraph message within the United States was transmitted from Ponce on 29th September 1899 whilst the ship was in New York harbor participating in the naval parade to welcome Admiral Dewey home from his victorious campaign in the Philippines. This was reported in the next day’s newspaper and the America’s Cup race reports followed immediately afterward.
Oil on Canvas 24″ x 30″.
Stephan Chizmark (1898-1972).
Born in Chertiz, Austria-Humgary, Stephan Chizmark studied at the Detroit School of Fine Arts with John Wicker and settled in Detroit. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Oil on Canvas, 30” x 25” Sight.
Signed and dated, Elizabeth Coffin 1888.
Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin (1850-1930).
Elizabeth Rebecca Coffin was born of Nantucket Quaker parentage in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at Vassar College, The Hague Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Students League in New York, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, in addition to traveling extensively in Europe and California. She was a pupil of Thomas Eakins.
Beginning in the 1880s, Coffin began to summer regularly on Nantucket, painting brilliant genre scenes and portraits that capture the quaint and fading way of life of post-whaling Nantucket. After moving to Nantucket permanently in 1900, her artistic output declined, and she began to devote her energies to reviving instruction in handicrafts at the Coffin School.
An eighth-generation descendant of original Nantucket settlers Tristram and Dionis Coffin, the artist returned to the island of her ancestors, leaving a legacy of outstanding paintings and devoted public service.