Tue, 3rd Nov 2015 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Encounter')

 
  Lot 36
 

36

William Mackenzie Thomson (british,...

William Mackenzie Thomson (british, FL.1870-1892)
The Guion Line armed merchant cruiser 'Alaska' under way, circa 1885
Watercolour heightened with white
Signed 'W.M.Thomson / New Brompton' (lower left)
11 x 17in. (28 x 34cm.)

An express steamer for the short-lived but famous Guion Line (later absorbed into Canadian Pacific), Alaska held the prestigious 'Blue Riband' between 1881 and 1884. She, along with her sister ship Arizona, were the first ships to be listed as Armed Merchant Cruisers - although neither in fact ever carried guns, W.M. Thomson's picture provides a glimpse of how they might have looked.

Estimated at £200 - £400


Condition Report
Faded in sea and sky, some evidence of varnishing? Secured to old mount.
Mounted size: 16 x 22in.

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William Mackenzie Thomson (british, FL.1870-1892)
The Guion Line armed merchant cruiser 'Alaska' under way, circa 1885
Watercolour heightened with white
Signed 'W.M.Thomson / New Brompton' (lower left)
11 x 17in. (28 x 34cm.)

An express steamer for the short-lived but famous Guion Line (later absorbed into Canadian Pacific), Alaska held the prestigious 'Blue Riband' between 1881 and 1884. She, along with her sister ship Arizona, were the first ships to be listed as Armed Merchant Cruisers - although neither in fact ever carried guns, W.M. Thomson's picture provides a glimpse of how they might have looked.