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Montague Dawson

United Kingdom (1895 -  1973 ) Wikipedia® : Montague Dawson
DAWSON Montague The Sapphire

Christie's /May 23, 2017
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Montague Dawson - British The Old Voyager Hudson Half Moon

Montague Dawson - British The Old Voyager Hudson Half Moon

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MONTAGUE DAWSON (1890-1973), BRITISH THE OLD VOYAGER HUDSON HALF MOON - 1609 oil on canvas; signed lower left, titled to the stretcher 20" x 30.25" — 50.8 x 76.8 cm. With Haynes Art Gallery, Toronto, Inventory No. 1244 in 1945, their inscribed dated label frame verso; Private Collection, Canada This nautical work of Henry Hudson\’s ship, Half Moon, by English painter Montague Dawson commemorates the early exploratory missions into the vastness of the Canadian landscape. Despite not having any formal art training Dawson had a great passion and skill for illustration. After joining the British Navy during the First World War, he continued to paint, perfecting his skills and establishing himself as a preeminent nautical genre painter, so much so that American presidents Johnson and Eisenhower, and the Royal British family were all his patrons. Born in England in the late 16th century, little is known of Henry Hudson before he began the last four journeys of his career. While he is considered one of the most famous explorers in history, he never actually found what he was looking for. After two failed missions trying in vain to find a northern passage route to the enviable trade destinations of Asia and the Pacific, he joined the Dutch East India Company in 1609 and took command of the ship Half Moon. While he was again obstructed by the immensity of the Arctic sea, Hudson decided to sail west, rather than north, over the Atlantic Ocean in pursuit of trade routes. Hudson reached Nova Scotia by summer, and from there he further explored the New York Harbour and what is now his namesake river,The Hudson. Here he found bountiful and abundant wilderness and met and occasionally clashed with indigenous peoples. While considered unsuccessful, this journey inspired him to return the following year with the renewed intent of finding the enigmatic passageway. In 1610 he sailed the ship Discovery back across the Atlantic, entering what is now known as the Hudson Strait and Hudson\’s Bay, before reaching James Bay where his journey came to a fateful end. After a long, bitter winter trapped in ice, tensions aboard the ship were high. When Hudson announced that the mission would continue, several crew members mutinied and stranded Hudson and his supporters on the open sea. While his poor leadership ultimately led to his downfall, Hudson went farther than any of his predecessors in his resolute exploration of unknown and treacherous territory, and discovered what would become one of the most profitable and identifiable outposts in Canadian history.
Montague Dawson - The British Clipper Ship Thermopylae

Montague Dawson - The British Clipper Ship Thermopylae

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Property of Various Owners Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973) The British clipper ship Thermopylae signed lower left "Montague Dawson." watercolor and gouache on paper 16-1/4 x 26 in., sight. Footnotes inscribed on the back: "I certify this to be an original drawing and not a copy - Montague Dawson.", in his hand. The Thermopylae was a composite clipper built in 1868 by Walter Hood & Co. of Aberdeen for George Thompson, who owned the Aberdeen Line. She was launched on the 19th August 1868. Thermopylae was designed for the China trade, and set speed records on her maiden voyage to Melbourne in 63 days. She was the great rival of the clipper Cutty Sark and in 1872 Thermopylae raced the Cutty Sark from Shanghai back to London and won by seven days after Cutty Sark lost her rudder. Despite other claims she was considered to be the fastest ship of her size ever built and held a number of unbroken records.
Montague Dawson - Tearing On

Montague Dawson - Tearing On

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MONTAGUE DAWSON (1890-1973) , BRITISH \“TEARING ON\” / THE \‘WILD RANGER\’ 1044 TONS BUILT IN 1853 Oil on canvas; signed lower left, titled to the stretcher 20" x 30.5" — 50.8 x 77.5 cm. The Estate Collection, Orillia, Ontario Glenn A. Knoblock, \“The American Clipper Ship, 1845-1920/ A Comprehensive History, with a Listing of Builder\’s and Their Ships: Part Two: Builders & Ships- Massachusetts (Medford)\”, p. 297. The clipper ship \‘Wild Ranger\’ was built in 1853 for Boston merchants Sears and Thatcher. Initially making California runs, she later served the Australian and East Indian trade routes. On an 1862 London to Boston run, she collided with a British vessel; judged to be at fault, the Wild Ranger was subsequently sold at auction and renamed \‘Ocean Chief\’. On a fateful Rio de Janeiro voyage the Ocean Chief collided with a steamship and was lost.
Montague Dawson - The Sapphire

Montague Dawson - The Sapphire

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Montague Dawson, F.R.S.A., R.S.M.A. (British, 1895-1973) 'The Sapphire' signed 'Montague Dawson' (lower left) oil on canvas 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm.) The International six meter class yachts were developed in 1908 under the First International Rule, and quickly gained popularity around the world as an international one design racing yacht. The International Rule was modified in 1920, with the yacht designers and sailors embracing the modifications which made the boats livelier in heavy air conditions. Six meter class yachts were the smallest yachts built to the International Rule and soon became among the sleekest and most technologically advanced racing yachts of the pre-war era. The present work is similar in composition to a color collotype produced by Frost & Reed Ltd. with the title Winning Tack. Dawson perfectly captures the motion of The Sapphire as it tacks round the buoy, heeled well over and ahead of the competition.
Montague Dawson - The Widely Celebrated Endeavour Ahead Of The Pack In Her Maiden Season

Montague Dawson - The Widely Celebrated Endeavour Ahead Of The Pack In Her Maiden Season

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Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973) The widely celebrated Endeavour ahead of the pack in her maiden season signed 'MONTAGUE DAWSON' (lower left), bears Frost & Reed stock number '5865' (on stretcher verso) oil on canvas 71.1 x 107cm (28 x 42 1/8in). Footnotes Provenance With Frost & Reed, London, stock no. 5865 (acquired from the artist on 23 November 1934). Walter Stewart, Canada. Thence by descent to the current owner. In this beautifully muted sporting work, Montague Dawson has portrayed one of the legendary J-Class yachts which dominated the sport throughout the 1930s, only two of which have somehow managed to survive until the present day. One of these two survivors is Endeavour, although her primary claim to fame is that she came as close to winning the much coveted America's Cup (in 1934) as any of her predecessors in the first eighty years of the competition. The sheer glamour of the J-Class yachts was perhaps best encapsulated by Ian Dear, the modern yachting historian, when he wrote in 1977:- "Only ten J-Class yachts were ever built and they raced for the America's Cup and other trophies in British and American waters for a mere eight seasons between 1930 and 1937. There have been many yachts that have been larger and still others that have been faster but no one sailing class has ever gripped the imagination of the public at large as much as the 'Js' did...... In fact the 'Js' were unique for their combination of size and speed, and for their owners and the social ambience in which they flowered and died so quickly. They dominated the yachting scene on both sides of the Atlantic for less than a decade before their fantastic cost, the death of England's 'Sailor King' and the approach of World War II banished them for ever." Endeavour was ordered by Mr. (later Sir) T.O.M. 'Tommy' Sopwith who, after the death of Sir Thomas Lipton in 1931, assumed the mantle of Great Britain's principal challenger for the America's Cup. An extremely wealthy aircraft manufacturer and probably the best amateur helmsman in the UK, Sopwith could afford the best yacht money could buy so he approached Charles Nicholson to design him a 'steel champion'. Laid down in Camper & Nicholson's yard at Gosport, from where she was launched in April 1934, she was quite clearly a thoroughbred from the moment she began to take shape. Registered at 126 tons gross (115 net and 205 Thames), Endeavour was fractionally under 130 feet long overall with a 22 foot beam, and rigged to carry 7,560 square feet of sail. Considered by many to be the best J-Class boat of her day, she was ready for competition just in time for the start of the 1934 Season and her maiden outing was at Harwich, traditionally the first regatta of the summer, where she won twice. It is possible that this is where Dawson has painted her - proud, triumphant and justifying all the money which had been spent on her, but this remains speculation. In all, she took part in twelve races before departing for America, won eight of them and came second in three more, and the yachting fraternity agreed that she was "the fastest and most handsome boat that Nicholson had yet designed" as she was prepared to meet her destiny across the Atlantic. Despite carrying the hopes of the nation with her, the America's Cup races that September proved a disappointing roller-coaster of mixed emotions. To the consternation of the crew of the defending US yacht Rainbow, Endeavour won the first two races, but thereafter had to yield to the American. Out of the six races, the fourth proved hugely controversial and left Sopwith with the feeling that he had been cheated of the victory he so richly deserved. Even after Endeavour lost the sixth and last race by a mere 55 seconds, one of the closest-ever finishes in the Cup's history, Sopwith went to his grave never fully reconciled to that bitterest of defeats in 1934. The British press and public felt the same and the somewhat mischievous expression "Britannia rules the waves, but Americans waive the rules" soon became common parlance across the land. When Dawson executed this portrait however, all the above was in the future. Endeavour had seemed a 'racing cert' that summer of 1934 and it seems extremely likely that the painting was commissioned by 'Tommy' Sopwith himself to commemorate his splendid new creation. We are grateful to Michael Naxton for his assistance with cataloguing this lot.
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