CHARLES SIDNEY RALEIGH (1830-1925) The Francis, 1894, Oil on canvas

  • Notes: SLL
  • Provenance: "My great grandfather, Francis Wells, was a ship captain from Stony Brook Long Island NY. Apparently the artist was somewhere in the area and heard Captain Wells would be sailing to the Boston area and asked him if he would take him with him. He did and sometime later the Captain received two paintings from the artist as payment. One painting had a pennant flag with the name Stony Brook and one had the captain's first name Francis." (from the consignor)
  • Dimensions: 26 x 42", 32 x 48" framed
  • Artist Name: Charles Sidney Raleigh
  • Literature: Born in Gloucester, England in 1830, Raleigh was a sailor from boyhood, running away to sea at age ten aboard a British naval vessel commanded by his uncle. He served in the American navy during the Mexican war and later served as a merchant seaman. In 1877 he settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts and was listed as a marine painter. A self taught artist, he specialized in colorful ship portraits in the folk art tradition. To supplement his income, he also became a decorator and house painter. But his years at sea helped him to create attractive marine paintings that today grace important collections of marine art nationwide. The New Bedford Whaling Museum displays no less than 22 of his works. Enjoying a long and productive life, Raleigh died at the age of 95 in Bourne, Massachusetts, leaving a legacy for future generations of ship portraits showing the wind ships of his youth with great character and dignity.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Circa: 1894
  • Condition: Very good untouched condition, surface dirt and staining, minor paint loss edges, a few surface paint specks, please consider photos an accurate description of condition

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