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Catalog Number 2014.012.001
Description Watercolor Painting Chasue Under Golden Gate Bridge by V. Burnett. Watercolor on paper mounted under glass beneath a white colored mat inside a lightly stained wooden frame (frame removed 6/10/2014). Image depicts a Charles Parsons' white yacht with two large white sails in front and a large blue white spinnaker at the back. They are two figures inside the boat. The boat has wooden detail on top. It is passing beneath the Golden Gate bridge. They are hills, two other sail boats and birds in the background. Yawl has a mast on the aft (back) of the boat, behind the wheel (steering). Part of the Charles Parsons collection.
Object Name Painting
Collection 3D - Art
Title Chasue Passing Under the Golden Gate Watercolor Painting
Date c. 1980
Creator Burnett, V.
Role Artist
Inscription Text "V. Burnett " (artist signature front lower right corner); " HERBERT W. K ... le / PICTURE FRAME / 441 EL CAMINO REAL / MENLO PARK, CA" (sticker on right corner)
Provenance Chasue Passing Under Golden Gate Bridge watercolor painting depicting Charles Parsons' Lapworth 36' B Class American Boat which he sailed and maintained from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Notes Throughout his life, Charles Parsons had a passion for the sea and ships. During his childhood in Long Island, New York, he was a Sea Scout, became a champion sailboat skipper and built his first model ship. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Following the war, Charles and his wife, Suzanne, moved to the Bay Area. As a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club, Parsons enjoyed sailing his sloop, the Chasue. After he retired from his career as an engineer at Chevron, Parsons focused his efforts on model ship building.

Parsons constructed his scale models at his home in San Carlos. Each model is a finely-crafted work of art. Often utilizing plans from others, Parsons would carefully research every detail of the design. He created a folder on every ship he built. These folders, which are now a part of the San Mateo County History Museum Archives, include notes, correspondences with designers, photographs and drawings outlining details of construction. It took Parsons approximately 18 months to complete each ship model. His models have been displayed at various West Coast museums and even made their way to Europe.
Dimensions H-24 W-30 inches
Dimension Details 24 x 30 (mat); 14x21 (image)
Medium Watercolor Paint
Search Terms Burnett, V.
Parsons, Charles H.
Water Color
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
Subjects Painting
People Burnett, V.
Parsons, Charles H.