Jim Griffiths, ASMA
"Down the China Sea"
12" x 19" - Gouache on Arches watercolor paper
The painting depicts the British tea clipper Thermopylae running before the wind as she heads down the China Sea in early July 1871. The afternoon sun sparkles off the water as the ship passes several Chinese ocean-going junks. The Thermopylae was designed by Bernard Weymouth and built in 1868. Her tea passages to and from the Far East were legendary and record-setting.