The schooner Kearsarge, Oil paint,silk and silk thread on canvas, Signed lower right. Mounted in the ornate gilded, carved gesso frame within a glazed, black painted case. 24 inches high X 31 3/4 inches wide.
The Kearsarge was built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1894. She measured 90'8" long, 24'3" wide and drew 9'6". Her home port was Greenport, Long Island. Captain Charles H. Lawrence (1861-1923) of East Marion, Long Island was her master. The Kearsarge carried a crew of seven. This picture, along with a large half hull model, descended in Captain Lawrence's family. Offered here for the first time.
Thomas Willis (1850-1925) was born in Connecticut and worked in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He excelled at using silk fabric, thread, and oil paint for his unique marine pictures. His work continues to be collected avidly and examples of his work are in the collections of the Mariner's Museum (Newport News, Virginia), The Peabody-Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts), and the Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic, Connecticut).