Charles Wysocki
Ice Riders on the Chesapeake Bay

Charles Wysocki - Ice Riders on the Chesapeake Bay 

Ice Riders on the Chesapeake Bay
A Limited edition print by
Charles Wysocki
edition size: 1500 signed and numbered on paper
Image size: 34 x 17 1/4  overall size: 38 1/2 x 21 3/4
Released in January 2001

"For some reason, the daring sport of ice yachting has received very little national notoriety, despite the fact that it has been recognized as a sport in the United States for nearly 70 years. Once I had researched the subject, painting this scene became a pleasant obsession!

"The development of the ice boat itself is still in what some consider the experimental stage, and handling an ice boat is an art rather than an exact science. The rig schemes depicted here, from the late 1800's, are some very progressive versions of designs by early ice boat sailors. Since the construction of these boats were whims of the innovative builders, I felt free to invent my own crafts. As a contrast to the adventuresome, high-speed ice riding sailors, I included groups participating in less daring pursuits. These ice boaters were considered heroes in their own way, but I am content to be an observer!"  -Charles Wysocki

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