Contemporary (late 20th century) oil on canvas painting of a lighthouse, and coastal rocks and sea birds, a tall ship at right, signed at lower left by American gallery artist CRAIG SMITH. The work measures 24" by 30" (31" by 37" framed). The scene resembles Portland, Maine's famous lighthouse, but a business card of the artist affixed to the reverse appears to say that this is a Nova Scotia, Canada scene. The tall ship flies the flag of Portugal and it has been suggested to me, that it is in fact the Sagres III, built in 1937 in Germany, seized by the United States as war reparations, subsequently sold to the Brazilian navy in 1948, and then by the Brazilians to the Portuguese in 1961. An internet search does not immediately turn up information on the artist, the works of whom were evidently offered in Carmel, California. Condition is excellent save for a scratch at right center (see photo).
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