THE 'KEARSARGE' AND THE 'ALABAMA' - PAGE 4
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SOME RELATED IMAGES, NOT ALREADY IN THESE PAGES
AN 1887 LITHOGRAPH BY L. PRANG & CO. OF BOSTON
I start off the page with an image (next below in black and white) from the collection of the Library of Congress, available about 1/4 way down on this page. Of the Kearsarge & Alabama - a lithograph by L. Prang & Co., 1887, after J. O. Davidson. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5256.
The reference to Prang would seem to be to Louis Prang Lithography Company, of Boston, who were active, I read, in the long period of 1856 through 1899. The image itself is of the deck of the Kearsarge during the course of the action with Alabama on Jun. 19, 1864.
Am I correct in thinking from the above that the original lithograph was in black & white?
I am not sure of the answer to that question. I comment because a print of this image is available, coloured, as a print from a great many sources. In prices which range considerably, it would seem. As this page was first created, in late May 2006, such a print was available on e-Bay. Measuring 14 1/2 inches x 11 inches, though I cannot tell you if that is the print area or the overall size. Similar prints will surely be available on e-Bay on any day that you choose to search. An image of such a print, an image that has been in my files for 3 years & is of an origin today unknown, is presented above.
A FINE 'SCRIBNERS' PRINT OF THE ENGAGEMENT
This next image originated on e-Bay, offered at U.S. $9.99 by 'martin2001' in Sep. 2006. I used to invite you to contact 'martin2001' directly but it would seem the vendor is no more. The print dates, I read, from 1879. And is indicated to have been published by Charles Scribner's Sons, NY. 4 1/2 x 7 inches in size, on a page of 6 x 10 inches. I presume that it would then have appeared in Scribner's Magazine? No artist name was indicated.
ANOTHER PRINT OF THE ENGAGEMENT
I cannot tell you anything about the print that follows. It has been in my files for a while but is from a source unknown but most probably e-Bay. It was titled under the work. But I have made it into two images so you can better see the image without scrolling. Reminiscent of the prints of Currier and Ives, perhaps? But probably not by Currier and Ives, who were American, I believe - see the words under the print which would surely indicate the print is of a British rather than American origin.
But the very same print was available, in Sep. 2006, on e-Bay from line-of-battle of Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A. With image size of 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
I saw the same print, in a larger size, said to have been removed from a 37 year old volume. Sold on e-Bay by 'earth-1'. But that volume was not named. Does anyone know the true origin of the artwork?
A GLASS SLIDE OF THE ENGAGEMENT
The following slide was sold via e-Bay in Oct. 2006 for U.S. $34.69. 4 x 3 1/4 inches is size. Most beautiful!
ANOTHER FINE PRINT OF THE ENGAGEMENT - BY ALONZO CHAPPEL
This next image also originated on e-Bay, where it sold for U.S. $9.99 in Nov. 2006. The text reads: 'ACTION BETWEEN THE KEARSARGE AND ALABAMA' & 'RESCUE OF THE CREW OF THE ALABAMA BY THE DEERHOUND' & 'From the original painting by Chappel in the possession of the publishers. The source is not stated rather 'This print is from a historical civil war collection'.
Alonzo Chappel (1828/1887)? I was grateful to find this page which has biographical data about the artist & even an image of him at about age 36. And an undated image of his home in Middle Island, New York. But the Kearsarge/Alabama print? I cannot find it in elsewhere so far in a larger size & even better detail.
THE ENGAGEMENT - BY FRENCH ARTIST HENRI DURAND-BRAGER
I try, whenever possible, to present images on this site in a large size. When most other sites seem (forgive me), to wish to only present images so small that you see the image & wish for more. So it is with particular pleasure that I found a giant image of the engagement by Henri Durand-Brager, who was, I read, an official painter for French naval expeditions throughout the mid nineteenth-century. The image, in fact, puts most of my images to shame - being over 2200 pixels wide. Without more ado, the most informative site where the image appeared was a 'blogs.princeton.edu' page now long gone & since I did not see any references to matters of copyright, I show you the image full screen width next, & a link to the giant image which was available. And I thank that site & the contributor whose name I could not spot.
THE ENGAGEMENT - BY FRENCH ARTIST EDOUARD MANET
Now prominent on that page and many other pages was the work by Edouard Manet. So far at least, I have not put Manet's image on site. Mainly because I could not find it in a good enough size & quality. But I do now. I now should say did since the source is now gone. 'blogs.princeton.edu' offered the Manet work also in a giant size. Here. We again thank that site & its contributor.
More when we have more! The pages grow an image at a time. Or one tiny piece of data at a time, as new data gets added into the text as it becomes known to the webmaster. We are almost at the point when we will need another page to continue to cover the subject. In fact we now have a fifth page.
I would welcome the help of any reader who can provide material for these pages or correct, in any way, however small, the facts as I have written them on these pages.