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Thomas J Collection

"Thomas J: A Legacy of Sailing Excellence and Artistic Brilliance" From the exhilarating race between sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock

Background imageThomas J Collection: Portrait of Lexington, ca. 1857. Creator: Thomas J. Scott

Portrait of Lexington, ca. 1857. Creator: Thomas J. Scott
Portrait of Lexington, ca. 1857

Background imageThomas J Collection: The sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock, race downwind

The sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock, race downwind. Shamrock was designed by William Fife and was Sir Thomas Liptons first challenger for the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Creator
Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV sailing without topsail, 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was launched in June 1914

Background imageThomas J Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating upwind. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia, 1934

Background imageThomas J Collection: Off Valparaiso, 1899, (1938). Artist: J Greig Pirie

Off Valparaiso, 1899, (1938). Artist: J Greig Pirie
Off Valparaiso, 1899. Painting held at the Tate Britain, London. From World-Famous Paintings edited by J. Greig Pirie [W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London, 1938.]

Background imageThomas J Collection: The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912. Creator

The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912. Creator
The majestic cutters White Heather and Shamrock race downwind, 1912

Background imageThomas J Collection: Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Baronet, British grocer and yachtsman, 1926

Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Baronet, British grocer and yachtsman, 1926. Artist: Alick P F Ritchie
Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton, 1st Baronet, British grocer and yachtsman, 1926. Portrait of Lipton (1848-1931) who created the famous Lipton tea brand and took part in the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating to windward. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled, 1912. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: The launch of Shamrock IV with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Creator

The launch of Shamrock IV with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Creator
The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H.M.S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageThomas J Collection: Portrait of D. O. Hill, 1867, printed ca. 1900s. Creator: Thomas Annan

Portrait of D. O. Hill, 1867, printed ca. 1900s. Creator: Thomas Annan
Portrait of D.O. Hill, 1867, printed ca. 1900s

Background imageThomas J Collection: A Man Overboard, 1893, (c1930). Creator: Thomas J Somerscales

A Man Overboard, 1893, (c1930). Creator: Thomas J Somerscales
A Man Overboard, 1893, (c1930). Sailing ship at sea. Painting in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. From " Modern Masterpieces of British Art". [The Amalgamated Press Ltd. London, c1930]

Background imageThomas J Collection: Magnificent group of 1st Class Races: Shamrock V, White Heather and Candida, 1930

Magnificent group of 1st Class Races: Shamrock V, White Heather and Candida, 1930

Background imageThomas J Collection: The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The towering 10, 450 sq ft sail area of Shamrock IV, 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson. She was launched in June 1914

Background imageThomas J Collection: The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock sailing close-hauled. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Americas Cup challenger Shamrock III. The yacht was designed by William Fife, and was built by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland. The yacht was launched on 1903

Background imageThomas J Collection: The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The cutter Shamrock beating upwind, 1912. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup

Background imageThomas J Collection: After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914

After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H. M. S. Victory in the background, May 1914
After launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport with H.M.S. Victory in the background, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageThomas J Collection: The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
The launch of Shamrock IV at Gosport, May 1914. Shamrock IV was a yacht owned by Sir Thomas Lipton and designed by Charles Ernest Nicholson

Background imageThomas J Collection: Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Close up of Shamrocks Deck. Shamrock, designed by William Fife, was Sir Thomas Liptons first (1899) challenger to the Americas Cup. She was 128 ft overall length and carried 13, 492 sq ft of canvas

Background imageThomas J Collection: Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Shamrock and White Heather powering to windward, 1912

Background imageThomas J Collection: Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933. Creator

Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933. Creator
Racing yachts Shamrock, Westward, Britannia, Astria and Velsheda, 1933

Background imageThomas J Collection: The Shamrock and the Columbia racing for the Americas Cup, 1899 (1906)

The Shamrock and the Columbia racing for the Americas Cup, 1899 (1906). The New York Yacht Clubs Columbia, backed by J P Morgan, defeated the Royal Ulster Yacht Clubs challenger Shamrock

Background imageThomas J Collection: Coffee picking on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Dambutenne, Sri Lanka, 1903

Coffee picking on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Dambutenne, Sri Lanka, 1903. Artist: Underwood & Underwood
Coffee picking on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Dambutenne, Sri Lanka, 1903. Stereoscopic slide, detail

Background imageThomas J Collection: Tamil women picking tea on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Polgahawela, Sri Lanka, 1903

Tamil women picking tea on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Polgahawela, Sri Lanka, 1903. Artist: Underwood & Underwood
Tamil women picking tea on Sir Thomas Liptons estate, Polgahawela, Sri Lanka, 1903. Stereoscopic card. Detail

Background imageThomas J Collection: Homeward Bound, 1903. Artist: Thomas J Somerscales

Homeward Bound, 1903. Artist: Thomas J Somerscales
Homeward Bound, 1903


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"Thomas J: A Legacy of Sailing Excellence and Artistic Brilliance" From the exhilarating race between sailing yachts White Heather and Shamrock, to the captivating portrait of Lexington by Thomas J. Scott, it has left an indelible mark on the world of sailing and art. In 1914, Americas Cup challenger Shamrock IV showcased its prowess as it sailed without topsail, displaying both elegance and power. The cutter Shamrock further impressed as it beat upwind against challenging conditions, a testament to its exceptional design by Kirk & Sons of Cowes. The iconic J-Class yachts Shamrock V and Britannia graced the waters in 1934, their beauty capturing hearts worldwide. Created once again by Kirk & Sons of Cowes, these vessels epitomized grace and sophistication. Off Valparaiso in 1899 (1938), artist J Greig Pirie immortalized a breathtaking scene that encapsulated the spirit of adventure on the open seas. Meanwhile, Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton emerged as not only a British grocer but also a revered yachtsman in 1926. Artist Alick P F Ritchie expertly captured his essence through portraiture. Kirk & Sons' craftsmanship shone brightly once more with their creation -the cutter Shamrock- sailing close-hauled in 1912. Its sleek lines cutting through the water with precision were truly awe-inspiring. The launch of Shamrock IV alongside H. M. S Victory became an unforgettable moment in May 1914; two magnificent vessels standing side by side created an image that will forever be etched into history. While renowned for his maritime works, Thomas Annan's portrait of D. O Hill from 1867 showcases his versatility as an artist who could capture human emotion with equal finesse.