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James McBey. 1883-1959.

The Thames Barge Race: the Start. 1936. Etching. Hardie 272. 7 1/8 x 14 3/8 (sheet 11 5/16 x 18 3/18). Edition 80. Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1935. A very rich, atmospherically wiped impression printed on antique cream laid paper with a Strasbourg lily watermark. Signed and numbered in ink. $750.

Thames sailing barges had two masts, and were modeled on Dutch vessels. They could be operated by just two men. Up to the 1940's large fleets of them were a familiar and impressive sight as they tacked across the river Thames

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