Antique Shipbuilder’s
Colored Advertising Ship Drawing

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ANTIQUE SHIPYARD ADVERTISING DRAWING

Pen, ink and watercolor on paper Unsigned Unframed 20 1/4″ L x 14 1/4″ H Framed
231/4″ x 17 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

 

PRESENTED is an original shipyard drawing by
an unknown draftsman, artist of a small stack steam ship. The drawing is a rare piece of shipyard advertising art and was
used to show prospective owners what the yard was capable of doing. In this case, based on the piping and valves shown on
the deck view of the drawing, this vessel was a rigged for carrying liquid cargo, maybe fuel oil. After the plan type drawing
was complete water colors were washed over certain areas to high light them. The colors range from orange to a dark blue with
brown highlights. Paintings such as this are
very rare, and this is only the second one we have ever seen. The framed 231/4″ x 17 1/4″ heavy paper, has been recently custom
framed for your enjoyment.
NOTE: The photographs were taken through glass, and what
may look like stains, or discoloration are really shadows. There also are some minor distortions affecting what should be
horizontal lines.

 

After sections of vessel

 

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Forward section of vessel. Note pipes and valves

Pilot house and engine detail
A WORD ABOUT MARINE ADVERTISING ART:
Not much is known about this genre other than steam ship lines distributed
posters and paintings which were displayed in travel agent offices to attract their customers. Ship builders made various
types of ship models which were used as examples of their works and which were presented to owners for similar use. This example
of a drawing being used as a sales tool is very unique, and a rarity.

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