CURRIER & IVES
"Vigilant & Valkyrie in a 'Thrash to Windward'"
New York: Currier & Ives, 1893. Colour-printed lithograph. Sheet size: 21 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches.
Provenance: Estate of Cynthia Phipps, Long Island, New York.
A great 'America's Cup' image from Currier & Ives.
This image recalls the eighth defence of the America's Cup in 1893. The `Vigilant' won all three races and narrowly missed being picked to defend America's win in the next series in 1895. The 'America's Cup' was first offered as the `Hundred Guinea Cup' in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight. It was won by the 30-metre schooner `America' from New York City and subsequently renamed. One of the oldest international sailing yacht competitions, it is now a perpetual international challenge cup which America has only lost twice (1983 to Australia, 2000 to New Zealand). England has never won it.
Conningham 6454; Gale 6973.