James Edward Buttersworth Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

1817 London, ENG – 3-2-1894 W. Hoboken, New Jersey USA

Buttersworth, James Edward

James Edward Buttersworth an English painter whose forte was oil painting seascapes, and considered among the chief American nautical artists of the nineteenth century. His artistic creations are especially known for their fastidious detail, emotional settings, and elegance in movement. Buttersworth was born in England in 1817, to a family of maritime artists, and studied painting with his father, Thomas Buttersworth Jr., who was likewise noted for the genre of painting.

James Edward Buttersworth moved to the United States in 1845, and settled in West Hoboken, New Jersey, now Union City, and also had an art studio in Brooklyn in 1854. He returned to England for the Race for the Hundred Pound Cup that took place on August 22, 1851. His sketches and paintings of that yachting rivalry provide the authoritative record of events in that benchmark season of sailing.

By the 1850s, James Edward Buttersworth developed a solid reputation for his depictions of clipper ships and yachts in New York Harbor. His strength was in naval ships, which he now and then depicted in battle. Buttersworth's work is noted for its precise detail and romanticized settings with stirring ocean and moving storm clouds. He would also complement the length of a yacht by painting full sails in a diagonal composition.

Buttersworth’s paintings of the 1893 Vigilant vs. Valkyrie II Cup match, done one year before his passing, finished the chronicling of America's Cup races by oil painting before the coming of photographic imagery. During the next period of his life, many of his works were picked by Currier & Ives as subjects for lithographs. His images were also used in magazines and daily papers that reported the yachting events of the day. He was inducted into America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2008 at Christie's NY, one of his paintings sold for $303,000.

Art Movement: Romanticism.
Artists Influencing James Edward Buttersworth: Thomas  Buttersworth Jr.
He Traveled To USA.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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