Bluenose racing Else, Halifax Nova Scotia, 22nd October 1921

by John Steven Dews


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 24.0 x 38.0 in./61.0 x 96.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5346 Categories: ,

This energetic painting by the most highly regarded maritime artist of the present day, John Steven Dews, depicts the Schooner Bluenose overtaking the Elsie. The first race between Bluenose and Elsie was held on 22 October 1921, with Bluenose winning easily. The second race was held two days later, and once again Bluenose reached the finish line first, more than three miles ahead of Elsie. These races were for the 1921 Nova Scotia Elimination Trials, held off Halifax in October.

The Bluenose was a celebrated racing ship and fishing vessel as well as an important Canadian symbol in the 1930s. Nicknamed the “Queen of the North Atlantic”, she was later commemorated by a replica, Bluenose II, built in 1963. The name Bluenose originated as a nickname for Nova Scotians from as early as the late 18th century.

Painted in the realist style, Dews’ ability to capture the movement of the ocean is fully realised in this beautiful painting. The contrasting of the crisp white of the sails against the deep blue water reflects Dews’ attention to detail.


Private Collection, United Kingdom

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John Steven Dews was born in Yorkshire in 1949. Following his graduation, Dews built up an amazing portfolio for his first exhibition back in 1976. On the Exhibition’s first night, almost his entire collection was sold. The following year he held an Exhibition in San Francisco which also sold out to great critical acclaim, and since then, Dews has continued exhibiting regularly at leading galleries in London and throughout the world. He is now commissioned for several years in advance.


Dews’ work is avidly collected around the world. Above all, he lives and loves the subjects he paints, and spends any of his spare time sailing.



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