Brassey Cup, Cowes, 1908 ‘Adela’, ‘Meteor’, ‘Germania’ and ‘Cetonia’

by John Steven Dews


This scene is from the area of coast on the Isle of Wight between Gurnard and Thorness Bay, just before Newtown Creak.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 26.0 x 40.0 in. / 66.4 x 101.6 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 6255 Categories: ,

‘Meteor’ is racing in the Schooner Class for the ‘Brassey Cup’.  All the schooners are heading west down the Solent after starting off the Royal Yacht Squadron on 7 August 1908.

The Brassey Cup was presented by Lord Brassey. Lord Brassey coincidently owned a steam yacht named ‘Meteor’ in 1866.  Later, between 1876 and 1877, he and his wife, Annie, Lady Brassey, were the first to circumnavigate the World in a private yacht. This was the steam assisted three masted topsail schooner named ‘Sunbeam’.


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The artist was born in Yorkshire in 1949. Following his graduation, Steven 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, Steven Dews has continued exhibiting regularly at leading galleries in London and throughout the world. He is now commissioned for several years in advance.

Confirmation of his pre-eminence came in the Sotheby’s sale of Maritime Art in London on April 28th 1999, where his original, entitled ‘Off Cowes’, sold for a phenomenal price for a living marine artist.

Steven 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.

Sotheby’s of London described this artist as, “the best, there’s nobody else to touch him”.  He has also been described as one of the UK’s top living marine artists.

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