Large example of the work of the much-storied American artist "T. Bailey", circa 1910, measuring 24" by 36" (32 1/2" by 44 1/2" framed). This is the largest example I have been able to find, after a search of the auction records. Signed at lower right in white (partly indecipherable), this is also one of the more appealing examples in my opinion because it tends more towards the folk art and "China Trade" direction, and less towards the more commonly seen, and easily achieved, faithful photographic depiction of clipper ships and their rigging. I feel it to be on the earlier paintings bearing this name. The story goes that between about 1910 and 1930, one Morris Hambro went door to door in New England, hawking paintings of clipper ships (mostly), for approximately $50 each, to individuals and businesses in need of decoration. Seven artists are associated with this apparent pseudonym, including William Paskell, Harry H. Howe, and Morris Hambro himself. Something of an urban legend has grown around the paintings signed "T. Bailey" (some estimate that up to 5,000 may exist). They are seen still most commonly in New England, having pretty clearly emanated from the Cape Ann area near Boston, but today, the paintings are distributed widely around the nation. This painting has authentic patina of age. I do not recommend restoring it, as the mellow, folky old original surface is a large part of the appeal. Note the American flag in the composition. A slight smoky odor is present. Compare to China Trade folk art marine paintings. A great piece of Americana.
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