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Object ID 1900.002.001
Object Name Lithograph
Title Lithograph of Steamboat Robert Morris
Collection Works of Art
Credit line Gift of I.U. Mills
Year Range from 1845
Year Range to 1850
Artist William H. Rease (artist)
Made Thomas Sinclair (lithographer)
Makers mark There is text in the lower left corner: "Drawn on stone by W.H. Rease. No 17 So 5th St." In the lower right corner is text: "Lith of T. Sinclair, Phila."
Description Framed chromolithograph of the steamboat "Robert Morris" of Philadelphia. The lithograph depicts a portside view of a steamer with two central smokestacks and a paddle wheel with text: "Robert Morris / Rail Road Line / for / Baltimore." The vessel is full of passengers and is flying three flags and two pennants. An American stars and stripes flag flies from the stern and there are two flags at the center, one of which has text "U.S. Mail" in blue on a white background, and the other has a coat of arms with an eagle and two rearing horses. A white pennant with blue text "Robert Morris" flies from the bow. There is also a smaller blue and white pennant with "RM" above the flag for U.S. Mail. A harbor scene is visible in the background behind the ship. There is text in the lower left corner: "Drawn on stone by W.H. Rease. No 17 So 5th St." In the lower right corner is text: "Lith of T. Sinclair, Phila."

Information and technical specifications for the ship are printed underneath the image: "This boat was built at Philadelphia / in the year 1830, for the Baltimore / Union Line...The engine was built by Thomas Holloway, and is about / 592 horse power./ She is considered the fastest boat / in the world of her length and has / been running for the last eight years / without one hours' loss of time on / account of the machinery." "Her length is 180 feet / Breadth of beam 24 feet / Extreme breadth 48 feet / Depth of hold 9 feet / Tonnage 279 82/95 / Diameter of Wheels 22 feet / Breadth of wheels 10 1/2 feet / Cylinder 48 inches / Nine feet stroke, and draws 4 1/2 feet of / water, with wood and water on board for passage." "Agent. W.L. Ashmead / Captain. Jacob M. Douglas / Master Builder. John Vaughn / Joiner. Jacob Keen."
Dimensions H-30.875 W-42.5 D-2.5 inches
Dimension Details framed dimensions








Subjects Ships
Prints
Chromolithographs
Search Terms Robert Morris
Steamships
Ships
Thomas Sinclair
Chromolithographs
Nineteenth Century
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Medium Chromolithograph