COZZENS, Frederic S. (1846-1928)
Rounding the Light Ship. (A Fall Regatta.)
[Pl. 5] New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884. Chromolithograph (signed and dated in the plate, 14 3/16 x 20 1/2 inches), on original embossed card mount (18 1/2 x 22 7/8 inches), with original mounted letterpress title label. In good condition apart from toning to the mount.
An excellent action-packed scene centering on the 'crack American sloops rounding the lightship' (Jacobsen).
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.
'Cozzens crowded [this scene] ... with sailing craft and excursion boats. A stern view of the yacht, Fanny , is presented as she spreads her sails to move quickly. Gracie is pictured in the center of the scene and Rover can be seen coming into view on the right' (Anita Jacobsen Frederic Cozzens Marine Painter 1982, p.59).
Anita Jacobsen Frederic Cozzens Marine Painter 1982, p.59-62.