This is a stunning painting by noted American marine artist Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967). This dramatic scene of a ship with foul weather rigging is painted in oils on canvas and measures 36 x 42 inches, painted c. 1930. It is signed by the artist in the lower right corner and comes in a very fine modern gilt frame. Frank Vining Smith was born and raised on Cape Cod Massachusetts and had a strong affinity with the ocean from a very young age. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston under Frank Benson, Philip Hale and Edward C. Tarbell, then at the Art Students League of New York. He worked for many years as a staff artist at the Boston Herald before leaving to concentrate on his painting. In his biography of the artist, James A. Craig writes that Smith was known as "the ultimate in marine painting", and that he "enjoyed a critical and monetary success unlike most artists of the 20th century."