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Peluso, Jr.Photos by Dan PelusoFor some of us, the purchase of a $250,000 James Buttersworth, a $125,000 James Bard, a $50,000 Antonio Jacobsen or Fred Pansing, or even a $1500 yachting photograph might, under the circumstances, be better delayed.

Fortunately, there are relatively inexpensive�or should be�interim alternatives.

They are not paintings or vintage photographs but are significant facsimile works by important American artists that are in the vicinity of hundreds of dollars, maybe less.There were four ferry boat images reproduced in D.T.

Valentine's Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, 1859.

All are copies of oil paintings by James Bard (1815-1897) at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

They are Olive Branch, Over (shown), Union, and William Cutting.

They were lithographed by George Hayward (1800-1872), whose name appears, but Bard's does not.

Sometimes you'll find them tinted.

In 1863 Hayward produced an image of the Civil War gunboat Roanoke for Valentine.�The battleship Maine in balmier days and after she was raised.

From The United States Navy from the Revolution to Date by Francis J.

Reynolds, 1917, filled with Frank H.

Child (d.

1904) and Muller family photographs.

Their dates are uncertain.�The printed mat for the color photograph reads, "White Star Line Steamer 'Tashmoo'/ Admiral Dewey Commanding, June 8, 1900.

The speediest and most magnificently equipped day-boat in the world." The label on the back reads, "Detroit Publishing Company, A�c Photograph." That's a "photochrom," a remarkable color image produced by the photochrom process, a means whereby photographs could be transformed.

It was a Swiss invention for which Detroit Publishing Company had obtained exclusive North American rights.

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was then a principal in the firm.

He is better known for his remarkable western images of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, but he had an affinity for boats as well.

Jackson used the new process to take another remarkable picture of the steamboat Metamora on the Ocklawaha River.The Seven-masted Steel Schooner "Thomas W.

Lawson," "built by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Mass.

For the Coastwise Transportation Company of Boston Mass.

Plans by B.B.

Crowninshield�," followed with more detail about the dimensions, tonnage, etc.

It was presented to Charles E.W.

Schelling, Esq.

by the Marine News, "With most cordial compliments in recognition of his interest in the upbuilding of America's merchant marine." Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921) didn't sign it, but it is an exact rendering-photogravure-of Jacobsen's original dated 1903.

It was last seen at Sotheby Parke Bernet in 1972.

There is another Jacobsen, a four-color lithograph of the U.S.S.

Massachusetts, that appeared in the New York Recorder newspaper in 1893.

It is signed "N.Y.

Recorder Souvenir." It carries a five-digit number that suggests it might have been part of a promotion campaign.

It reproduces an undated Jacobsen painting (privately owned).

Neither the lithograph nor the painting is signed by Jacobsen.�A crisp woodcut of The Steam-Ship "Ontario"�the Woodruff Scientific Expedition Around the World from a painting by J.E.

Buttersworth, printed in Harper's Weekly, September 1, 1877.

There's also Vigilant and Valkyrie from Forest and Stream, New York, signed in the plates.�The "Volunteer" under Full Sail, drawn by J.O.

Davidson (1853-1894) for Harper's Weekly, September 24, 1887.

Davidson's images ran frequently in Harper's.

He was their go-to maritime illustrator.�Jockeying at the Start by J.C.

Hemment (dates uncertain) for The Commercial Advertiser, October 5, 1901.

The caption reads, "The start of the race, Sept.

26, showing how the Columbia swept up to windward of the Shamrock and blanketed her as they crossed the starting line." Hemment was often seen in the magazines of the day.

He was a New Yorker and a William Randolph Hearst favorite.

In addition to photographing yachts, he covered the Spanish-American War, the thoroughbred horse racing scene, and an African safari.�The July 1917 The New Country Life feature essay "Waterman's Manual" stated, "No sport is more beautiful in its sturdy wholesomeness than yachting." It's illustrated with many photographs by F.A.

Walter (b.

1872) and Edwin Levick (1869-1929).

Furthermore, there's an essay, "Pleasure Craft for the U.S.

Navy," about the leasing of private steam yachts for the Navy's use in World War I.

That article has more photographs by Edwin Levick.

The cover is by the talented Belgian Paul J.

Verrees (1889-1942).

Imagine her framed.�From a printing of words and music of "Sailing Down the Hudson on the Old Day Line," 1916.

The cover photograph of the steamboat Hendrick Hudson was made by Samuel Ward Stanton.

Stanton (b.

1870) had done extensive advertising work for the Hudson River Day Line and the Hendrick Hudson (launched in 1909) before he died a victim of the Titanic sinking in 1912.�Reliance Running "Wing and Wing" for the Finish.

"Tip of the main boom to tip of spinnaker boom, 201 feet.

From water to the highest point of sail, 190 feet.

Total area of sail 16,100 square feet." Copyright 1903 by James Burton, Scientific American, August 29, 1903.

Burton (1871-1909) was a contemporary of John S.

Johnston and Edwin Levick and commanded deserved attention for his many yachting prints.

This must rank among the very best.The 1902 calendar, "Holland-America Line/ Between New York and Rotterdam/ Via Boulogne-Sur-Mer/ New Twin-Screw Steamers of 13,000 tons./ Thos.

Cook & Son,/ Agents,/ 4 Hunter St., Sydney," features a portrait of the steamer Ryndam, signed by Fred Pansing (1844-1912).

Lithography made him a rich man.

He was probably a principal in the American Lithographic Company "trust." Originally published in the July 2009 issue of Maine Antique Digest.

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