CURRIER & IVES, publishers. - Charles PARSONS (1821-1910)
The Yacht "Maria" 216 Tons: Modelled by R. L. Stevens Esq. Built by Mr. Capes 1844 and Owned by Messes JC. RL. & E.A.Stevens of Hoboken, N.J. To E.A. Stevens ... this Print is with permission respectfully dedicated
New York: Currier & Ives, 1861. Hand-coloured lithograph by Charles Parsons (signature in image). Expert marginal repairs. Sheet size: 22 1/2 x 32 inches. Image size: 17 1/2 x 27 1/4 inches.
A magnificent Currier & Ives portrait of one of the premier yachts in the New York Yacht Club: the yacht that beat the "America" in her speed trials
The Stevens brothers listed in the title were members of a prominent American family, their father had served in the American Revolution. John Cox Stevens was one of the founding members of the New York Yacht Club, the first Commodore and one of five sponsors of the "America", the yacht that went to England in 1851 and won the race thereafter known as the America's Cup Race. His brother Robert L. Stevens designed the "Maria", which beat the "America" during the series of speed trial races to Sandy Hook, prior to the latter's epoch-making trip to England.
The "Maria" was one of the most beautiful yachts in an era of exceptionally beautiful boats: an icon amongst American yachts. It was estimated that the Stevens spent a total of $100,000 on experiments and alterations involving Maria in the 22 years that she was in the family. A 1914 article in the New York Times described her as "a scientific racing machine, the first of her kind" (cf. NYT, 17 May 1914).
Conningham 6805; Gale 7360.