Art Deco pictorial map of the 1934 America's Cup yacht races, showing the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts where the race took place. The upper portion of the map has a decorative fan-like rendering of the compass directions from the starting buoy, within a ten-mile circle and a fifteen-mile circle. Flanking the cartouche are pictures of previous America's Cup yachts and their flags with explanatory captions, featuring slightly larger renderings of Endeavour, the 1934 challenger, and Rainbow, contending for defending honors that year. The map also incorporates a "History of the Races for the America's Cup" listing past participants and results, and a “History of the Schooner ‘America.’” All of the elements are within a nautical rope-form decorative border.
Ernest Clegg was a cartographer, painter, designer and illustrator. Born in England, he studied at the Birmingham School of Art there. In World War I he served as a captain in Bedfordshire Regiment of the British Army. Clegg was wounded during the Battle of Somme in 1916, but recovered and was able to witness the surrender of the German Navy in 1918. After the war, he returned to his Manhattan home, where he had earlier immigrated, and resumed his art career. During World War I he had witnessed firsthand the Battle of Jutland, which he commemorated in a painting about 20 years later, as reported in a 1937 article in Time. Clegg also drew upon his World War I experience to illustrate a limited edition publication of John McCrae's famous poem In Flanders Field (1921), reissued in an expanded edition by Nabu Press in 2010.
Clegg is probably best known for his pictorial maps that combined precise illustrations with historical facts and accuracy. His most renowned is A Map of Lindbergh's Flights (1928), published as a wall map on rollers or folding. His other pictorial maps include the Ticonderoga Colonial battlefields, Washington, D.C. and environs (for the bicentenary of George Washington), a chart of the site for the America's Cup Yacht Races of 1934, and a series of county maps of Great Britain published by The Countryman (1945-47).
Condition: Generally fine overall with little toning or wear. Slight warping to paper, central horizontal, will mostly flatten when matted and framed.
"Art: Jutland on Canvas." Originally in Time, February 8, 1937. Online at http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,883586,00.html (19 November 2010).
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 118.