Gallery of Old Ship Portraits and Marine Paintings
(Australian, fl. 1898-1918) - Excellent Ship Portrait of
the German Barque *Antuco* (of Hamburg) sailing to Australia,
ca. 1900 - the vessel is shown under full sail at moderate
sea off a Rock Headland with a light house and with two-masted
vessel in the background - Oil on artist`s board - 48 by 62,5
cm (19 by 24 inch), with frame 62 x 76 cm (24 by 30 inch) - inscribed
on the bow with the ship`s name and signed lower right "W.
Edgar, Charlestown Studios, NSW - cleaned and in good condition
- Private Collection, Memphis (TN), U.S.A.
Note: The large steel Barque "Antuco"
(75 Meter Lenght, 1532 Tons) was built in 1892 by Blohm &
Voss and owned by the Hamburg Shipping Company N.H.P. Schuldt.
Captains in command were D. Thedens (1892), H.N. Spiess (1893-1900)
and W. Kröger (1901-07). It was a highly appreciated ship
by both the owners and captains & crew and many fast travels
to Southern America and Australia were noted. In 1908 Antuco was
sold to the Hamburg Shipping Company of 1896 and Capt. L. Müller
was in command until 1912 when it was finally sold to Grimstad.
by the FineArtEmporium in Hamburg.
For more information about the vessel, see the fine description
in the book "Hamburgs Segelschiffe 1795-1945" by Meyer -
on page 165 (with examples of the travels and an old photo).
William Edgar (fl.
1898-1918) - Portrait
of the German Bark "Antuco" in the Pacific Ocean
Go back to the page for William Edgar
to the Gallery
- Photo Copyright is with the
Following are shown several more photos of the painting:
We are of the opinion, that this is one of the best paintings
which has been done by the Australian School of Ship Portrait Artists around
the turn of the century. The detail and accurate execution is just amazing.
The "Antuco" was one of the so called "Wool Clippers" (Australian
route) or "Nitrate Clippers" (heading for South America) - large Windjammer
sailing barques and ships who was on the route to Australia and Southern America
around 1900 and until World War I still more economic than the steamers.