Details: COZZENS, Frederic S. (1846-1928). By Sou' West Spit. . New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884. Colour-printed lithograph, removed from mount, very fine condition. Sheet size: 14 1/4 x 20 1/2 inches.
Frederic Cozzens was one of America's greatest marine artists. Like nearly every other great marine artist, he was thoroughly acquainted with every aspect of ship construction and the art of sailing. He is best known for his paintings of great American yachts of the latter half of the 19th century, which were commissioned by many of New York's leading yachtsmen.
In 1884, he expanded his audience by making a series of lithographs of his paintings. The first and most brilliant series was American Yachts, Their Clubs and Races from which this print comes.
By Sou' West Spit depicts "an excursion of the fleet on Decoration Day showing Class D and Class E sloops and schooners. These include Roamer, Crocodile, Clytie, Grayling and Fanita.
One of the most popular races for cabin yachts began at an imaginary line between club steamer and Fort Wadsworth, went to Buoy Number Ten on the South West Spit, thence and around Buoy Number Eight and a Half thence to and around Sandy Hook lightship and returned over the same course. It was a thirty-seven mile run of good, inside yachting work." (Jacobsen, page 79)
Jacobsen, Frederic Cozzens. Marine Painter, New York: 1982.
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