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MAGNIFICENT AND IMPORTANT OIL ON CANVAS OF THE SIDE-WHEELER THOMAS P. WAY BY JAMES BARD (1815-1897). Painting shows side-wheeler sailing right to left flying flags and in motion. The ship takes up most of the length of the canvas and has a backdrop of luministic sky with hills as background. This painting comes to us handed down from its original owner through the family. The painting is signed by James Bard in the lower right hand corner “Drawn & painted by James S. Bard, N.Y. 1860 152 Perry St.”. This painting dates from the midpoint of James career. A point at which his most memorable work was produced. Thomas P. Way was a livestock merchant New York’s Washington Market and was one of the original stockholders in the Keyport (New Jersey) and Middletown Steamboat Company, owners of Thomas P. Way. She was enrolled in July of 1859 and sold in August to the Staten Island & New York Ferry Company, -for a profit. Way himself died in 1863. There are two versions of Thomas P. Way by Bard, one dated 1859 is inscribed “Built by Terry at Keyport, 1859.” This version, dated 1860, would have been executed for another client, possibly for an executive with the ferry company. Thomas P. Way ran until 1888 when she burned at a Newark, New Jersey dock. One of the finest fresh Bard side-wheelers to come on the market in many years. SIZE: 31 1/2″ h x 53 1/2″ w CONDITION: Relined, with only minor inpainting. 9-90431 (125,000-175,000)

Auction: Fine Art, Antiques & Asian - Samoset 2002
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