"Mary Powell, 1890 - The Queen of the Hudson Southbound Near Bear Mountain" is a scarce, limited edition lithograph print of one of America's most famous side-wheeler passenger steamboats. The original 1986 painting from which this print was made is by contemporary artist Len Tantillo, famous for the heart stopping realism of his paintings. Tantillo is especially sought after for his dramatic boat, ship and water paintings as well as portrayals of early colonial life in New York state's Hudson River valley area during the 1700s-1800s and early 20th century.
ACTUAL PASS INCLUDED: Together with the print, we are including an actual, guaranteed authentic 1903 annual pass to ride this very ship. Signed by General Manager A. E. Anderson, it was issued to Mr. Henry Parsell, Treasurer of the Citizens Steamboat Company, headquartered up the river in Troy, New York. Condition is superb with only slight fading of 114 year old ink and NO stains, rips, tears or other physical damage.
THE PRINT: "Mary Powell, 1890" was painted in 1986 and is no longer available on the Tantillo website. Only 950 of this edition were printed. I believe this is their standard "Litho Edition" and not a giclee -- but I am not an expert and don't have any further information.
SIZE: 12 inches tall x 13.5 inches wide
IMAGE SIZE: 8 inches tall x 10 inches wide; the steamboat is 3.5 inches long in "real life"
CONDITION: GIFT CONDITION -- Like new. No damage. NO fading, NO rips or tears, NO stains or off color. Add the frame of your choosing to finish a fabulous gift or wall decoration.
ABOUT THE MARY POWELL: Built in 1861, she carried travelers for more than 50 years between Kingston, New York and New York City. She earned the title "Queen of the Hudson" for her onboard luxury, speed, reliability and efficiency. Sought after by the elite of the elite exclusive passengers such as President Ulysses S. Grant, poet Walt Whitman, prosperous owners of riverside homes and foreign and American dignitaries, the Mary Powell was 267 feet long and 35 feet wide, filled with luxurious saloons and a dining room. The six-foot Goddess of Liberty figure that graced the top of her pilothouse is now at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
FROM HIS WEBSITE: Len Tantillo is a contemporary artist living in the Albany, New York area. He has created more than 300 paintings and drawings depicting scenes of New York State history. A licensed architect and graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he left that field to pursue a career in the fine art of historical and marine painting. Mr Tantillo is a rising star in the field, having appeared internationally in exhibitions, publications and film documentaries. His work is included in the collections of the Fenimore Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, numerous historical societies, and corporate and private collections in the USA and abroad. In 2004 he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a painting depicting the Daniel Winne house as it may have appeared in 1755. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of History.
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