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1860s Lithograph Shows Steamship Mary Powell & U. S. Military Academy

            This is a rare 1860s lithograph by F. Blumner of the Hudson River, the United States Military Academy and the "Queen of the Hudson," the steamship Mary Powell. The Mary Powell and the West Point Military Academy are shown in greater detail below. The print published by Lyon & Co 147 Spring St. N.Y. will come to you matted and framed as shown below. The print inside the matt measures 25.5 x 19 inches and the framed size is 32.5 x 27.5 inches. This large view is in the style of Currier & Ives and shows a plethora of river traffic and railroads.

The detailed view below shows the West Point Military Academy on the bluff above the river and the Mary Powell steamship identified by on side and on its flag. The Mary Powell first went into service on the Hudson River in 1861 and the print is probably from that period to as late as the 1870s.  A very similar view, apparently copied from this one, was done by H. Schile in 1874.

The detailed view below is of the right bottom corner of the lithograph and it shows two people on horseback, lots of sailing vessels on the Hudson and two railroads on the edge of the river.

    There is some scattered foxing, most notably on the top right margin, and it looks like some repaired tears, but the lovely large print makes a very nice impression. Below is a picture of it framed and glazed (with a reflection of the photographer) as it will come to you.

    We have been able to locate only one other copy of this print, offered by Antipodean Books, Maps and Prints in Garrison, NY, which has it listed for $2,250.

Price: $950

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