Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1850 to a family of violin makers, Jacobsen emigrated to the
United States in 1871. By 1880, he was living in West Hoboken, New Jersey, on the Palisades
above the "City of Ships". It was here that he established himself as a successful ship portraitist.
Jacobsen is recognized as the American artist who most successfully recorded the important
transitional era of sailing vessels as they evolved from sail to steam. This in large part was due to
the timely placement of his studio at the mouth of the New York Harbor.
Paintings by Antonio Jacobsen display a meticulous and traditional nature underlined by strict
attention to detail. Absolute accuracy in rigging, wind direction and specific vessel details
contribute to Jacobsen's paintings' reputation as the best of their genre. Any marine collection of
note features the work of this pivotal artist.
A coastal excursion steamer with hull lines that cross between those of an ocean-going tug and a
sternwheel riverboat, the FAVORITE makes her way steadily within Greater New York
waters. A swarm of passengers -she's listed as having a capacity of 500 - are enjoying the
voyage and the view aboard the New York Steamship as she carries them home from an
outing. It's possible they're returning from watching one of the period's yacht races, headed
back from the courses off Newport, Rhode Island, the defacto yachting capital of America and
home of the New York Yacht Club's satellite office.
This portrait shows the large dual-propeller-driven steamship in its 129.9'L x 29.7'B x 9.6'D
dimensions in a proper broadside. First owned by the Favorite Transportation Co. of Tompkins
Cove, New York, the ship was built in 1894 by H.J. Rodermond, complete with a pilot house
eagle atop the helm cabin. The numerous windows to the passenger salons are all curtained, and
most of the people are dressed in the warm dark wools of a New York fall, are on deck to
watch the action. Several hundred New Yorkers of Greek descent chartered FAVORITE to
meet the first naval warship of their former country, the NAVARCHOS MIAULIS, a 175'
sailing bark, on Sept. 27, 1900.
The artist has portrayed the white-hulled steamer churning ahead as a stiff headwind pushes the
flags and scant smoke, overall in the of Hudson River folk artist James Bard. FAVORITE
would sail for Florida in 1906, and owned by F.A. Davis and then H. Walter Fuller of St.
Petersburg, she became the social center of the port city. People would gather aboard her to
voyage and to socially visit each other onboard while she was tethered to the new 3,000 foot
Provenance: Private Long Island, New York Collection.