A large print of the steam and sail ship "La Touraine", the sheet approximately 25" by 36", total dimensions of frame 34 1/2" by 45 1/2". This is a highly decorative item for the nautical and marine art collector. The artist who created the painting on which the print was based was American FRED PANSING (1844-1916). His original art is expensive and scarce, but many prints were made after the paintings. Pansing was born in Germany and was in New York City by 1865, a sailor. Shortly he went to work for the American Lithographic Company, and it is for his prints that he is widely known. This particular printed image is something of a mystery. It certainly appears to be a true chromolithograph, a high quality late 19th/turn of the 20th century printing process, and at lower right appears the artist's initials FP, and the name of the outfit that printed it, Knapp and Co./New York. Neary by at extreme bottom right is "J F Fugazi" in black letters in rather modern typeface, and one can see that at very bottom center, some more printing is mostly missing (traces still present). The typeface leads me to think that this might be a later printing in the chromolithograph style and not a true turn of the century sheet----yet, this does appear to be a true chromo as they are called. Regardless, a new mat to hide the margin areas will work wonders, and the frame though with missing decorative devices in several corners, can be retained. There is at top right center sky an old water stain at upper right which has browned, but it is somewhat overwhelmed by the design. At lower left edge, which will be hidden by mat, a piece is missing, and there are other flaws, mostly minor. There is no glass, facilitating shipping. The print is laid down permanently on Upson Board, which at mid 20th century was popular with artists and framers. These large prints of ships of the period, whether on paper or on tin, are very collectable and desirable.
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