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Image for Bombardment of Island "Number Ten" in the Mississippi River.

Bombardment of Island "Number Ten" in the Mississippi River.

Evening battle scene. Title's lettering is "white print". Seven large gunboats from left to right in foreground. Line on right recedes into background with six additional ships. Duplicate title (2004.D03.057 FAC #598) - differences are that this print, .058 is evening scene, .057 is daytime. And in this print, .058 only one window in far right gunboat is reddened. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Bombardment of Island "Number Ten" in the Mississippi River (7.10 x 12.4) Und (Evening) - S "

"By the Gunboat and Mortar fleet, under the Command of Flag Officer, A.H.Foote"

Currier & Ives, responding to demands for popular images, often reworked and reissued lithographs, such as this nighttime scene of the bombardment of Island Number Ten. In this adaptation of the scene, the print is hand-colored with orange tones. As the gunboats fire their cannons, a darker sky is illuminated with billowing clouds of smoke.

As a result of erosion from the Mississippi River, Island Number Ten no longer exists.

Date: 1862

Artists: Currier & Ives
Medium: Hand-colored lithograph
Measurements: 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches
Access Number: 2004-D03-058
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds

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