(Plate XXIV) "In Down East Waters, Boston Bay"
Frederick Schiller Cozzens (American 1846-1928) was an immensely talented, self taught marine artist. His specialty was watercolor paintings and his popularity grew with his paintings of the early New York Yacht Club boats and racing events. He was usually commissioned by the boat's owners to create lasting portraits of their vessels.
In 1884 Cozzens decided to offer his paintings to a wider audience in the form of color lithographs called chromolithographs. This printing technique utilizing various lithographic stones for various colors, beautifully replicated the appearance of an oil or watercolor painting, and allowed the image to be printed with colored inks, rather than being hand colored.
He produced a portfolio of 27 chromolithographs titled, American Yachts, Their Clubs and Races. The portfolio was accompanied by a text written by Lieutenant James Douglas Jerrold Kelley, describing the lithographs. Cozzens used arguably the best art printer of the day, Armstrong of Boston to produce the lithographs and the set was issued by Charles Scribner's & Sons of New York.
"A light breeze ruffled the surface of the Bay and the innumerable little sailboats that dotted it took the sun and the wind upon their wings - which they dipped almost into the sparkle of the water and flew hither and thither like gulls" - description for the scene of Cozzens Plate 22.
These beautiful renderings of racing American yachts are as popular today as they were 130 years ago! Cozzens captures the feeling of wind and spray, the majesty of these fabulous vessels and the men who designed, built and sailed them. They appeal equally to the sailor and "land-lubber" who can certainly enjoy and appreciate these wonderful works of art.
14.5 x 20 3/4 inches site, 20 x 25.5 inches overall framed.
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