James Edward Buttersworth
(1817–1894) was an English painter
who specialized in maritime art
, and is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. His paintings are particularly known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement.
Early life and education
Buttersworth was born in London
in 1817, to a family of maritime artists, and studied painting with his father, Thomas Buttersworth Jr.
, who was also noted for the genre.
He moved to the United States
around 1845, and settled in West Hoboken, New Jersey
(now Union City, New Jersey
),Halasz, Piri. "Art: Maritime Theme at Exhibitions; Appeal of Nostalgia History and Humor Portraits of Vessels", The New York Times
, January 21, 1973. "James Butterworth (1817-1894), whose work is on view in Trenton, was an Englishman born on the Isle of Wight. By the time he emigrated and settled in West Hoboken (now Union City), America was in the heyday of its gallant clipper ships." and also maintained a Brooklyn
studio in 1854. He returned to England
in 1851 for the Race for the Hundred Pound Cup that took place on 22 August 1851. His sketches and paintings of that yachting competition provide the definitive record of events in that benchmark season of sailing.
Buttersworth’s paintings of the 1893 Vigilant
vs. Valkyrie II
Cup match, done one year before his death, completed the chronicling... Read More