THE AMERICAN BARQUE “JAMES BAYLEY” SAILING PAST A DISTANT LIGHTHOUSE AND SHORELINE, AMERICAN SCHOOL, MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY.Est. $800-$1,200
Sold: $1,800 ($1,500)
James Roosevelt Bayley (1814-77) was an American prelate of the Catholic Church, ordained into priesthood in 1844 and later serving as the first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey (1853-72) and eighth Archbishop of Baltimore (1872-77). Dolphins depicted in the foreground are symbolic of Christ, leading the Catholic church, represented by the red anchor hanging off the bow of the ship and church pennants flying from the main mast. The James Bayley made several voyages to and from Matanzas, Cuba between 1844 and 1852 and was owned by George R. Ayres of the horse blanket manufacturing firm William Ayres & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose blue and white, checkered and striped house flag flies off the main masts. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 15 ½ x 19 ½ inches. Carved gilt frame of period, 22 x 25 ¾ inches.