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A beautifully rendered portrait of the U.S.S. Ohio. This ship-of-the-line was launched in 1820 and spent 55 years in service. She served as the flag ship for Commodore Isaac Hull in the Mediterranean in 1838, then in the Gulf of Mexico during the Mexican War and later in the Pacific Squadron along the coast of South American and California during the gold rush. It was during this last period that she was commanded by Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones (1789-1858), as is shown here. Jones began his naval career during the War of 1812, and served during the Mexican-American War. In 1842, believing the war between the U.S. and Mexico had begun, he seized Monterey, California for a day, an event that would later lead to a court martial in 1850. The Ohio is shown in this lovely print along a mountainous coast, perhaps intended to be that of California. $2,850
Prints by Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio. Paris: Maison Basset, mid-nineteenth century. 16 x 24. Two tone lithographs. Very good condition, except as noted.
A pair of accurate prints showing a ships of the first rating, drawn by Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio, one of the first official marine artists for the French Navy. Morel-Fatio was hired for his knowledge of naval subjects and his artistic skills, both of which are in good evidence here. These prints were intended as a study prints, with "Vaisseau Ecole" printed in the upper image. The rigging and structure of the ships are clearly presented, with each line, sail and other parts identified with keys printed below the title. Excellent pictures of French naval ships from the middle of the nineteenth century.
In the nineteenth century, the foundation of the growth of the British Empire was the British Navy. By the middle of the century, the British Navy was the largest in existence and had fleets around the world. At home, the British Isles were protected by the Channel Fleet, filled with "Britain's Floating Fortresses." Here is an interesting German lithograph showing that fleet, the ships depicted in their glory off a mountainous coast. Included are the Resistance (1861), Triumph (1870), Northumberland (1868), Sultan (1870), Agincourt (1865)-over which flies Lord Alcester's flag-and the Devastation (1871), which was the first British capital ship not to have sails. $575
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