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The ST DAVID in rough seas

Date: 1884
Dimensions:
Overall: 757 x 990 mm, 4.2 kg
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00006324
Place Manufactured:Hong Kong

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    Description
    An oil painting on canvas by the Chinese artist Pun Woo of the clipper ship ST DAVID in rough seas with its sails

    ST DAVID was active in the coal trade between Newcastle and San Francisco and designed by the respected American shipbuilder John McDonald. This painting was produced in Hong Kong during the ST DAVID's visit in 1884. It is one of many ship portraits that were commissioned by captains and owners from local Chinese artists painting in a western style.
    SignificanceThis rare ship portrait can be attributed to the artist Pun Woo, an unusual find as most Chinese trade artists left their works unsigned.
    HistoryThe ST DAVID was built in 1877 by John McDonald of Bath, Maine. The fully rigged ship was 1595 tons and an active vessel in the Pacific trade of lumber and coal. It made a total of five visits to the port of Newcastle between 1899 and 1909.

    John McDonald was a respected and acclaimed ship builder from the United States who served his apprenticeship under the famed shipwright Donald McKay. Unlike his predecessor, known for building the sleek clipper ship, McDonald focused on incorporating cargo capacity, speed and low maintenance costs into his ships. The vessel HENRY B HYDE is considered to be the finest example of his work.




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    Artist: Pun Woo

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