English painter, James E. Buttersworth (Born 1859) specialized in ship portrait. He’s considered as one of the leading American ship portraitists of the 19th century. He was born in London, England to a family of maritime artists. Buttersworth studied painting with his father, Thomas Buttersworth, who was also a maritime artist. His paintings are particularly known for their dramatic settings, meticulous detail, and grace in movement. Buttersworth moved to the U.S. around 1845, and settled in Union City, New Jersey (formerly West Hoboken, New Jersey) and also maintained a studio in Brooklyn in 1854. In 1851 he returned to England for the Race for the Hundred Pound Cup yachting competition. His paintings and sketches of that competition provide the authoritative record of events in that act as a yardstick for the season of sailing. His paintings of 1893 completed the chronicling of the Cup races of America by oil painting. What followed was successful photographic imagery.
In 1999, Buttersworth got inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. More than six hundred pieces of his art survive today. They are found in museums and private collections all over the United States, including New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Connecticut, and have also been featured on the television series Antiques Roadshow. His ability to render maritime action in detail led to regular commissions from owners of yachts who sought to commemorate their sporting victories on canvas. Buttersworth is viewed by many as finest painter of the sailing vessel in America. He’s particularly noted for his yacht racing scenes. His works are found in prestigious institutions and private collections.