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The Yacht America

1877 Charles S. Raleigh Born: Gloucester, England 1830 Died: Bourne, Massachusetts 1925 oil on canvas 27 x 40 in. (68.6 x 101.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Eugene O'Dunne 1973.150 Not currently on view

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The original yacht America was built in 1851 to compete in the Hundred Guinea Cup, the only American entry against fourteen British vessels. When the race was over, Queen Victoria asked, “Who is in first place?” and was told that America had won. When she asked, “Then who is in second?” the American boat had such a strong lead that the reply was: “Madam, there is no second.” After this, the race became known as the America’s Cup.


Architecture - boat - America

Architecture - boat - yacht

Waterscape - sea


paint - oil

fabric - canvas