ANTONIO JACOBSEN (1850-1921)Steam yacht "Columbia." Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1901 lower right. Mounted in a gold leafed frame. Sight size: 18 inches high by 30 inches wide Frame size: 23 inches high by 35 inches wide
Good overall condition. Under black light the sky shows in-painting over the boat and along the left side edge at the frame. The frame showing distress where a gummed label was affixed.
Antonio Jacobsen is considered the dean of American marine portraitists of sailing and steam vessels. Jacobsen painted seven works of this vessel. Three of those measuring 18' high and 30" wide. The original owner of this vessel was J. Harvey Ladew, a wealthy leather merchant. Mr. Ladew had studied at Columbia College (now University). He built two yachts named Columbia, this, the second version was built by Louis Nixon at Crescent Shipyard, Elizabethport, New Jersey and was launched on August 27th 1899. The Columbia measured 165 feet long, 33.5 foot beam, and 20.1 foot draft. She cost $200,000.00. Mr. Ladew, a member of the New York Yacht Club as well as the Larchmont Yacht Club (NY), lived in a red brick mansion at #813 Madison Avenue. The Columbia flies the New York Yacht Club burgee from its foremast.