America’s Cup by John Steven Dews
America’s Cup by John Steven Dews America’s Cup by John Steven Dews America’s Cup by John Steven Dews America’s Cup by John Steven Dews America’s Cup by John Steven Dews
America’s Cup by John Steven Dews

America’s Cup by John Steven Dews

  • John Steven Dews captures the excitement of sailboat racing in this original oil on canvas
  • The work depicts the yachts Rainbow and Enterprise racing in the 1934 America’s Cup
  • The speed and power of these extraordinary ships are perfectly rendered in the work
  • The painting exudes the energy and photorealism for which Dews' canvases are celebrated
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Item No. 30-9628
John Steven Dews
1949- | British

America's Cup

Signed "J Steven Dews" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

This breathtaking work by the master of maritime painting John Steven Dews captures a glimpse into the high-paced world of sailboat racing. The masterful perspective of the composition brings all of the excitement and drama of the 1934 America’s Cup to life, while Dews' extraordinary eye for detail lends a photographic realism to the thrilling scene. The atmosphere of competitiveness is keenly felt as the two leading boats - Harold Vanderbilt’s Rainbow and Thomas Sopwith’s Endeavour - vie for position. With incredible dynamism, Dews perfectly captures the volume of the sails and the vitality of the white capped, churning waves as these vessels effortlessly glide through the water.

The yacht Endeavour was built specifically to challenge Rainbow, the cup favorite. Sopwith was an accomplished skipper and a racing yacht innovator, and it was believed the Endeavour had a good chance of success. Vanderbilt’s yacht, on the other hand, was made relatively on the cheap in order to meet new regulations. To reduce costs, Vanderbilt took much of the equipment and hardware from his old yacht Enterprise, and even borrowed expensive sails. The new yacht was named Rainbow to inspire hope during the Great Depression and, despite its inexpensive fabrication, she was remarkably fast in trials and eventually won the America’s Cup against Endeavour.

Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Dews learned his trade at the Hull Regional College of Art after being turned down as a candidate at numerous naval academies. He turned to art to express his love for the sea, eventually building a sizable enough portfolio to mount his first exhibition in 1976. An astounding success, nearly the entire collection was sold on opening night, and Dews received 17 new commissions. Ever since his blockbuster opening, Dews has enjoyed remarkable success and critical acclaim, earning numerous prestigious commissions and awards to this day as one of Britain’s most sought-after living artists.

Canvas: 30" high x 40" wide
Frame: 36 1/4" high x 46 3/8" wide
Artist: Dews, John Steven
Framed:46.375"W x 36.25"H
Unframed:40"W x 30"H
Period: 1919-Present
Depth:1.625 Inches
Width:46.375 Inches
Height:36.25 Inches
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