At first glance this looks like a 19th century oil with Hudson River-like handling of clouds and subtle sky colors, and an old clipper ship at anchor off a tropical coast, tiny figures and structures at center. Upon closer examination of the canvas and stapled tacking edge, it is apparent that it was painted maybe in the 1970's, by a very talented artist familiar with earlier styles. Unsigned, the painting measures 20" by 25". It has been paired, married, to a mid 19th century American gold frame, of the type often seen on Hudson River or marine paintings. The pairing of the frame with the painting makes for a sum that is more than the total of the parts, and the painting gives an impression of being older than it actually is. The scene depicted, I believe, is apparently Kealakekua Bay on the central west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. It was there, in the year 1779, that Captain Cook, on his final Pacific voyage, leading the ships Resolution and Discovery, was killed by the local inhabitants. An obelisk, erected in the 1870's, commemorates his voyages and untimely end. The artist has taken some artistic liberties with the placement and size of the monument. Condition is good, with just some uneven canvas/vertical oriented craquelure, all of which actually furthers the illusion of age. Compare the scene as painted to imagery on the net. All in all, a most unusual addition to a collection of Hawaiiana and Hawaiian paintings.
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