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The Marine Art of Frederic S Cozzens - 1884

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Moonlight on Nantucket Shoals, Frederic S Cozzens - 1884
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 35 x 52 cm
Found - Toronto, ON
An absolutely fabulous discovery is this stunning litho of American yachts on Nantucket Shoals under moonlight, one of Fred Cozzens' most powerful artistic creations..

Better yet it is also an Artist's Proof, one of a very select few of the prints personally inspected and proofed by Fred himself.

Rarest of the rare, it is also signed by Fred.





Frederic S Cozzens (1856-1928), is of course the master American marine painter of nautical scenes in the last part of the 19th century.

Though he was American, rich Canadian yacht clubs, like Toronto's RCYC, proudly display his originals, which most yacht clubs just cannot afford.

Which is why his prints are so highly prized.


This print is also from a historical highlight in the artistic life of this fabulous marine painter.

Known best for his depiction of yachting scenes, Cozzens drew all types of watercraft. He is known to have sketched marine scenes as early as 1868. Cozzens contributed many illustrations to such publications as Harper's Weekly, The Daily Graphic, and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine.

Cozzens also exhibited at the New York Watercolor Society.

In 1880 the New York Yacht Club commissioned a set of six watercolors which are still hanging in the club today.

By 1883, Cozzens was a well established marine illustrator, and decided to turn his watercolors into prints.

His first publication was American Yachts, Their Clubs and Races, which contained 27 chromolithographs. These views are considered to be Cozzens' finest work, vividly conveying the atmosphere and thrill of the yacht races they depict. Moonlight on Nantucket Shoals is from that series.


Fred Cozzens' water colours sell for upwards of $10,000 US.

His Artist's Proofs sell for from $1800-2400 US.

His Signed Artist's Proofs sell for more than that.

We paid $30 Canadian, for this very fine signed AP at a Toronto fine art auction...

The portfolio of full color chromolithographs was released in a limited edition of signed "artist's proofs," and later, in a second printing as "color prints." The set included twenty-five scenes of yachting activity, a signal chart featuring the flags of sixty-six yacht clubs, and an extra plate of the 1885 America's Cup race between Puritan and Genesta.

Cozzens' work was so well received that he produced four other series of prints: Typical American Yachts (1886); Yachts and Yachting (1887); Our Navy, Its Growth and Achievements (1892); and Old Naval Prints (1892). By the turn of the century, Cozzens turned to drawing more beach scenes, seascapes and European vessels than he did yachting scenes.

Canadians have a powerful nautical tradition. Canada has the longest seacoast in the world; it probably has more freshwater surface area than any other nation on earth, and probably also has a higher number of lakes than any other country. So it has also suffered disproportionately from disasters at sea.

Go to The Sinking of the Atlantic


But it is for the yachting scenes for which he is most famous. This print is an excellent example from his most famous series, American Yachts. It wonderfully conveys the realism and vividness of Cozzens' best work.
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