Velsheda Beating to Windward

by John Steven Dews

P.O.A.

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 15.6 x 23.4 inches (39.5 x 59.5 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘J. Steven Dews’ (lower left)

 

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    The J-class yacht Velsheda was designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson and built in 1933 in Hampshire. She was built for businessman William Lawrence Stephenson and between 1933 and 1936, she won many races and competed with other great yachts such as Britannia, Endeavour and Shamrock V.

    After a distinguished racing career in the 1930s, Velsheda languished for many years on a mud berth on the Hamble. Eventually sold, her new owner set about rebuilding her with the latest in rig, sail technology and deck hardware. The result was the creation of a yacht which is both fast but which still retains her classic racing pedigree. Velsheda was relaunched on 3rd September 1997 and she spent several weeks on the sail trials on the Solent, which is a strait separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England.

    James H Starkey Galleries;
    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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