|James E. Buttersworth was a third generation maritime artist. He was born in London and began working with his father as a marine painter in his late teens. Around 1847 he immigrated to America and New York City where for the next half century he documented America’s growth as a maritime nation. His career spanned the heyday of the packet and clipper ship and more than any other artist he is responsible for documenting the growth of American yachting. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists in transforming American maritime art into a popular and respected art form.