Lucius A.Briggs !852-1931 "The Staffordshire" watercolor on paper, signed L.A.Briggs lower left sight size: 17 inches high by 23 inches wide. Mounted in hand carved gilded frame measuring 21 1/2 inches high by 27 1/2 inches wide. Excellent condition.
Little information exists about Briggs. He was born in Rhode Island and is listed in city of Boston directories as an artist from 1894-1896. He died of pneumonia in 1931. His work is in the collections of the Kendall Whaling Museum, Sharon, MA, The Mariner's Museum, Newport News,VA,and The Peabody Museum, Salem,MA,
The California Clipper Staffordshire was built by Donald McKay in East Boston, MA. and launched in 1851. She was owned by Enoch Train and Company and commanded by Captain Josiah Richardson. Her fastest voyage from Boston to San Francisco was 101 days. In December, 1854 on a voyage from Liverpool to Boston she struck a ledge in heavy fog and sank. Captain Richardson, severely injured, went down with his ship