Royal Yacht Squadron

True to the artist’s proclivity for red herrings, this picture of the Royal Yacht Squadron was painted from a boat designer’s basement apartment across the way, contrasting the peeling paint with the grandiosity of the yacht club. The Royal Yacht Squadron was founded on 1 June 1815 in the Thatched House Tavern in St James’s, London as The Yacht Club by 42 gentlemen interested in sea yachting. The original members decided to meet in London and in Cowes twice a year, to discuss yachting over dinner. Membership was restricted to those who owned a vessel not under 10 tons. The club blackballed Sir Thomas Lipton until shortly before his death on the grounds that he was a grocer. It was said that Queen Elizabeth was once refused entry to the club through the main door. She was asked to use the ladies’ entrance. However, by 1988 the artist and all the other women entered through the main entrance. For more information about the club please visit


14″ X 10″





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