The proper name of this original lithograph is DESPERATE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN THE ERICSSON BATTERY "MONITOR" 2 GUNS AND THE "MERRIMAC" 12 GUNS. In Hampton Roads, March 9th , 1862. There is no date on the lithograph but other sources list it as being published in 1862. Since that renown Civil War.Took place in the waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia in March of 1862 and this seems to be a detailed lithograph to broadcast that encounter. My understanding is that it is from the original run of hand colored lithographs.
That is not based solely on research alone, but also the fact that it had been the property of my grandfather since the mid 20th Century and he was a fairly well known collector of period. I can answer questions about any details that may confirm its authenticity. Clearly, there is some yellowing of the white area but no tears or obvious damage and the colors still seem bright and crisp. I have no idea how many of this hand colored original lithograph now exist, but one is in the collection of historic artifacts in the library of Yale University and one is in the collection of historical lithographs in the Franklin D.
Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Obviously this is one of the few remaining original lithographs. Among the details with historical significance, all the pictured craft are noted The Jamestown, Yorktown, Merrimac, Monitor, Cumberland, and Minnesota. Entered according to Act of. Schaus, in the clerks office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In which the Monitor was victorious. The "Merimac" being finally being towed off in a disabled condition. As stated on the lithograph after the description of the famous and historic sea battle.
The item "Original 1862 hand colored Monitior and Merrimac Civil War Lithograph Framed" is in sale since Friday, March 6, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "wade22" and is located in Easton, Maryland.
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