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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

Bark J.E. CHASE Off Le Havre

A stalwart merchant vessel of the American Northeast, J.E. CHASE was a Maine-built bark of the finest quality. Under the command of Captain Frank B. Davis, she voyaged across the Atlantic Ocean in 1875 to trade on the northwestern shores of France, as captured here by regional portraitist Marie-Edouard Adam. The painting holds its original crisp depiction of the bark, and strong visual identity with all her flags, including her four-character Merchant Code identity, set off against the blue sky. The Normandie Coast, especially the port of Le Havre, directly connected the New York shipping to all of Continental Europe.

J.E. CHASE was named as a memorial to a Maine ship captain, John Chase, who ran ships and crews the world over but met his fate while at the helm of the Clipper GRANITE STATE when it was lost in 1868. The Portsmouth builders honored the man with christening of the 668-ton Bark after him that year. J.E. CHASE measured 152'L x 32'B x 18'D. The Chase Family were prominent sailing merchants throughout Massachusetts and New York, and also established the Necco Candy Company. Adam, undoubtably on direct commission, has captured both the shipís beauty and a maritime narrative of the French Coast, with the height of Le Havre rising on the horizon in this fine work.

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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

KALEDA off La Havre

In one of the finest portraits by Adam we have seen, the french port painter shows the green-hulled barkentine Kaleda passing the Pierhead off the port of Le Havre on the Normandy Coast. Strong attention has been given to the shipís rigging and deck detail. Fine lines are used to delineate stays and shrouds while the sail panels and reefing points are also sharp and crisply rendered.

Her bow rising as she crests a wave, Kaleda is nicely positioned to capture the feeling of motion. The ship is sailing through a horizontal band of light green water that both contrasts the vesselís hull color and adds perspective by accenting the darker foreground sea. Both perspective and mood are further enhanced by the horizon line dotted with numerous coastal craft, with sails illuminated or shadowed by the shifting marine atmosphere.

Kaledaís name pennant is at her mainmast, and on the mizzen, beneath the British ensign, is the four-flag hoist J.R.M.P., her commercial code designation. Little information is available on the vessel, but she looks to be around 500 tons with a length of about 120 feet. Her deck houses have a somewhat American look and it is quite possible she is Canadian. Barkentines such as Kaleda were most prominent in the late 19th century.

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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

JOSEPH S. SPINNEY

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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

MONTEZUMA Passing Pierhead Off Le Havre

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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

Portrait of the Steam/Sail CHARLES HOWARD off Le Havre

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Edouard Adam, Sr.
French (1847-1929)

The ALAMBAUGH in Heavy Seas

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