c1901 Watercolour Painting Cartoon of America’s Cup


An amusing watercolour cartoon depicting the confrontation between the racing yachts ‘Shamrock II’ and ‘Columbia’ during the America’s Cup Competition of 1901.

The picture shows Sir Thomas Lipton on board Shamrock II looking at a naval version of ‘Uncle Sam’ (with Columbia cap tally), who’s holding the America’s Cup. The drawing and painting is on light brown paper. It isn’t signed, but the artist was definitely proficient. The painting has been period framed and glazed. Condition is good.

Having successfully defended the America’s Cup in 1899, COLUMBIA was selected to compete again in 1901 against the brand new SHAMROCK II. The 1901 America's Cup was the 11th challenge for the Cup. It took place in the New York City harbour and consisted of a best of five series of races between the defender Columbia, entered by the New York Yacht Club for the second time, and Sir Thomas Lipton's Shamrock II, representing the Royal Ulster Yacht Club. Columbia won all three races, the last being won with handicap, defending the cup.

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Baronet, KCVO (1848 – 1931) was a Scotsman of Irish parentage who was a self-made man, merchant, and yachtsman. He engaged in extensive advertising for his chain of grocery stores and his brand of Lipton teas.

Size image: 13.5 x 9.5 cm (5 ¼ x 3 ¾ inches)
Size frame: 19 x 14.5 x 2 cm (7 ½ x 5 ¾ x ¾ inches)
Weight: 236 g