American, 1850-1921

Helena, the Pioneer Clipper

1919, oil on board
signed and dated Antonio Jacobsen 1919, lower right; inscribed Pioneer Clipper built by Wm. H. Webb 1841, lower left
18 x 30 in., frame: 25 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.

  • Provenance: According to The Encyclopedia Americana (1904-5), "The first clippers were built at New York. The Pioneer was the Helena, built by William H. Webb, whose dimensions were 135 feet length on deck, 30 feet 6 inches beam, and 20 feet depth of hold. She came out in 1841, and was constructed for A. and N. Griswold for the China trade. She was a good sea boat and a very fast sailer for her day, making many fast voyages between China and other East Indian countries, and New York."
  • Dimensions: 18 x 30 in., frame: 25 1/2 x 37 1/2 in.
  • Medium: 1919, oil on board
  • Condition: Minor scattered areas of inpainting throughout, primarily in sky.

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