An excellent watercolor painting of the famous Boston Pilot Schooner, 'HESPER' designed by D. J.
Lawlor in 1884 and built in Chelsea, MA. She was considered the fastest pilot schooner in America
and regularly raced other pilot schooners and Gloucester fishing schooners. For many years she was
the yardstick by which new fishing schooners and yachts were judged.
The 112' LOA, 93.99 ton 'HESPER' aroused much favorable comment at New York when her Captain
sailed her over there to watch the Puritan and Genesta America’s Cup race of 1885.
Pilot schooners needed to be fast and weatherly as they competed for pilot fees from all deep
water ships, foreign or US register, wishing to enter the port of Boston. Fishing schooners also
needed to be fast and weatherly to beat other fisherman to the Boston market and the races run
between schooners off Boston became important sporting events in New England from the late 19th
century through the 1930s.
C. Myron Clark, 1858 - 1925, is very well listed as both a marine and landscape painter in both
oil and watercolor. He worked mostly in Massachusetts and paintings by him may be found in the
Peabody Museum, Salem, MA.
This fine painting presents 'HESPER' at sea earning her living as a pilot schooner. Her beautiful
lines and fine rig are shown to their best advantage by this artist who clearly knew the sea and
the anatomy of ships as living things. Clark's detailing of deck features and rig are excellent as
is his representation of the steamship in the background and his use of color, light, and shadow.
This beautiful painting is in fine original condition. The painting is framed with and acid free matt.
Dimensions: sight 19 1/2" x 15 1/2", frame 25 1/2" x 21 1/2"