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Yachting in the Mediterranean, 1896
Julius LeBlanc Stewart (American, 1855–1919)
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.