An American Clipper, no doubt The Great Republic, under shortened sail. Signed H. Bode. Water color and gouache on paper. 17 1/2 inches high X 25 1/4 inches wide, sight size. Mounted in a hand carved and gold leafed frame measuring 21 1/2 inches high X 29 1/2 inches wide.
The Great Republic which was built in 1853 was the largest 'extreme' Clipper ever built. She measured 335 feet long. She was built in Boston for Donald McKay. The sleek lines of her black hull were devoid of any ornamentation except for a beautifully carved eagle's head where the sweep of her raking stem and the sharp lines of her bow intersected.
Bode is a unlisted amateur artist. He was probably a sailor. Our picture illustrates Bode's thorough knowledge of rigging and shows how miniscule an enormous vessel appears in relation to the sea.