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Is this a real boat?



Is the sailboat something that may have, or has existed? Or is it just an interpretation by the artist?

Gaff Schooner? Whatever it is, I find it immensly beautiful.
Meh.. the rest of the painting is ok too


Painted Circa 1874
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artiste?

who is the artist?
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Is the sailboat something that may have, or has existed? Or is it just an interpretation by the artist?

Gaff Schooner? Whatever it is, I find it immensly beautiful.
Meh.. the rest of the painting is ok too


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Artistic licence.

The boat may well have existed but you'd have to figure not in the form presented.

Foremast is right up in the bow, so what we have is some weird form of gaff cat schooner with an incredibly tall rig.

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Well, it could also be a very large boat seen from off the bow quarter... the sails would appear to have a higher aspect ratio, the mast would appear to be further forward, the hull would appear to be shorter, etc.

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Bet it heels over pretty good!

My limited understanding of nautical engineering is that modern materials have enabled the super high-aspect sails we see on high performing boats today. That may have been the engineer's wet dream of the era to have a rig like that.
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I'm with the Dog on this one.. probably not a true-profile shot, combined with some artistic license. For some silly reason, the artist was more concerned with painting the girl than the boat. Silly bugger. We all know which is more important...

... or I'm wrong.

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Babys got back

Doubt it was a real boat but that is a real woman, pre-anorexia

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Might be a lugger, probably French. If the aspect is on the bow, she would look tall and narrow.
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