Framed oil painting of the Ranger and Endeavour boats racing in the America’s Cup, 1937. Signed by the artist, Richard Firth in the lower right corner.
Ranger was a J-class racing yacht that successfully defended the 1937 America’s Cup, defeating the British challenger Endeavour II 4-0 at Newport, Rhode Island. It was the last time J-class yachts would race for the America’s Cup.
Richard Firth is one of the world’s leading marine artists his paintings are usually based on early 20th century classic yacht races.
Born in Hull, Yorkshire in 1971. He had a natural talent for art at school but it was not until 1996 that he began painting professionally. He started work at a butcher’s shop as a Saturday boy aged 13. Since then Richard has specialized in marine paintings, apart from a brief period painting pictures of vintage and rally cars with two of his motoring paintings being published as limited edition prints.
Firth’s marine paintings inspired him to become a keen yachtsman, realizing that to paint accurate seascapes he would need to spend time on the high seas and learn all aspects of sailing. Firth’s first sailing experience was on the Humber and East Coast of England. He then went on to sailing on the Solent and competing in the Round the Island Yacht Race for several years. Richard entered the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2012 after extensive training, crossing the 3390 miles of the South Atlantic Ocean from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town in 18 gruelling days on the winning clipper ‘Gold Coast’.
Firth exhibited at the prestigious, Ferens Museum and Art Gallery, Hull, England in their Winter Exhibition of 1996. Since then, his marine paintings have become highly sought after by collectors of fine marine art.
At the present time, Richard Firth produces a small number of highly detailed paintings each year that capture the exhilaration of classic yacht racing.
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