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To T. Wilkinson Tetley, Esquire. This print of his Celebrated Cutter Yacht Surprise 20 Tons, winning the Grand Challenge Cup of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club, July 1st 1856...
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Taylor, Charles; Day & Son Ltd.; Foster, William
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1857
Materials: ink; color; paper
Measurements: 16 3/4 in x 22 in
Nomenclature: cutter yachts; Royal Mersey Yacht Club
Classification: ship portraits
A colored lithograph depicting the renowned cutter yacht 'Surprise' winning her second Grand Challenge Cup. A dressed boat flying the Royal Mersey Yacht Club flag stands for the finish line. A steamboat full of passengers on the right cheer for victory of 'Surprise.' In the background on the left is the recognizable tower of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas Church of England. The yacht 'Cymba,' identified by the manuscript inscription below the image, follows close behind in second place. In the 1856 racing season, the 'Surprise' was the second most decorated prizewinner, with winnings amounting to £405, after the 25-ton cutter 'Glance' with £542.