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Bombardment of Island "Number Ten" in the Mississippi River.
Currier & Ives, responding to demands for more popular images, often reworked and reissued lithographs, such as this night-time scene of the Bombardment of Island Number. Here, the artist has hand-colored the print to create a night view. As the gunboats fire their cannons the otherwise night sky is illuminated. The billowing clouds of smoke provide a dramatic contrast to the darkened scene.
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