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    ROBERT SALMON (Scottish/American, 1775-1844)
    The Estridge in Two Views Off Dover, 1800
    Oil on canvas
    26-1/2 x 43 inches (67.3 x 109.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: R. SALMON / 1800

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, 1920-1970;
    Schillay and Rehs Gallery, New York City, New York;
    Private collection, purchased from the above, 1970;
    Vallejo Gallery, Newport Beach, California, 2010;
    Private collection, acquired from the above.

    The longtime owner of this important work by Robert Salmon from 1970 to 2010 was a well-known marine art collector and great friend of Glen S. Foster, who assembled one of the most important American collections of marine art during the last half of the 20th century. The two men were yachting buddies and frequently competed against one another for prize examples of marine art.

    This serene and luminous scene of the ship Estridge shown off the coast Dover is one of two earliest-known works by Salmon. Both this work, which shows the ship Estridge in two views, and Two Armed Merchantmen Leaving Whitehaven Harbor were executed in 1800.

    The Estridge is recorded in a Dundee archive as having been built in 1777 by Master George Deuchars. It weighed 312 tons, and was owned by John Hume when it was put into service as a whaler in 1822. This information matches the vessel physically, but in Salmon's painting, the ship is definitely under a naval command. There was also an earlier vessel in the Royal British Navy of the same name, late in the 18th Century, but it was a smaller "fire ship."

    The hull construction of the Estridge is in the style of the flush-deck frigates that would come to dominate in the War of 1812, but without as much armament. The ship is flying a Red Squadron pennant on the main, and in company with a large brig of the same allegiance, indicating naval duty in the Napoleonic Era. It seems that in Salmon's painting, the Estridge is a merchant vessel under naval contract, since it doesn't appear in the official roll that was very precise.

    In 1795 the Estridge was involved in a collision with the British warship "Active."


    Condition Report*: Wax re-lined canvas in very good condition with fine overall craquelure commensurate with age; fully stable paint film; faint stretcher creasing along edges; small accretion in lower right corner and faint scuffing to varnish layer along upper right edge; under UV examination, minimal in-painting: along the top edge and in the stretcher creases (vertical lines parallel to left and right edges and partial horizontal lines parallel to top and bottom edges); very fine, incidental in-painting in the waves, a few flecks in the upper left sky; one dime-sized region on the hull of central ship and one dime-sized region in upper right sky; the ships are otherwise in excellent condition. Professionally cleaned of old varnish and revarnished by Yost Conservation, CT, in Spring 2011. Framed Dimensions 32.5 X 48.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2011
    8th Tuesday
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