This is an original oil on canvas painting by British artist William Howard Yorke. This painting titled: Zephyr in A Gale is signed and dated "1877 L.Pool", in the lower left corner and also identified on a brass plaque. The painting measures 20X30 inches, it is displayed in a period looking frame that is a modern reproduction. This painting was sold at Christies in New York in their Marine Sale in 1999. The painting has been cleaned and lined, it is in excellent condition.
William H. Yorke was born in St. John, New Brunswick, the son of marine painter William Gay Yorke, with whom he studied. The younger Yorke appeared in Liverpool city directories from 1860 as a ship portraitist. Father and son have similar painting styles, though the younger generally signed his name "W.H. YORKE" in upper-case letters. William H. Yorke remained in England and usually, though not always, added the inscription "L'Pool" to his paintings. The paintings of both artists are highly regarded and are represented in marine museums in England and America.
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