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The grandest steam yacht of its era, Namouna was built in 1881 for publishing magnate James Gordon Bennett, owner of the New York Herald and the International Herald. Cutting the waters from Europe to the Middle East, the 616-ton vessel measured 226 feet and supported a crew of forty men. Its fine engineering was a complement to its stunning interiors—“a pantry, an armory, nine staterooms, a main saloon or dining- hall, and a ladies’ saloon, besides a number of minor offices and an abundance of passage-ways”—designed by the elite firm of McKim, Mead, and White and furnished by Louis Comfort Tiffany. This painting captures the famous vessel breaking through the waves, the oblique angle of the bow dangerously tipping the viewer toward the rush of surging white foam.
At lower left: JL Stewart 96
James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection
"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (1 May - 18 July 2010).
"Julius LeBlanc Stewart: American Painter of the Belle Epoque," Vance Jordan Fine Art, Inc., New York (1998).
Paris Exposition Universelle, Paris (1896).
Rawles, Susan J. and Christopher C. Oliver. The James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection of American Art, A Promise Fulfilled (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2015): pp. 66-67.
Yount, Sylvia. Private Passion, Public Promise, The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Collection of American Art (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2010): ill. p. 56.
Hiesinger, Ulrich W. Julius LeBlanc Stewart: American Painter of the Belle Epoque (New York: Vance Jordan Fine Art, 1998): pp. 51, 102-03.
Thompson, D.D. "Julius L. Stewart, A 'Parisian from Philadelphia,'" The Magazine Antiques (November 1986) pp. 1052-53, pl. VIII.
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