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Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington.
1840
Printer:Printed by D. W. Kellogg & Co. , American, 1830 - 1840
Publisher:Published by Morgan & Ferre , American
Lithography; printer's ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 9 1/4 x 15 9/16in. (23.5 x 39.5cm) Sheet (height x width): 10 3/4 x 15 13/16in. (27.3 x 40.2cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Description: A steamboat is shown heading towards the right, with smoke issuing from its smokestack and flames and smoke issuing from its superstructure. The name "LEXINGTON" appears above the paddlewheel. Passengers are jumping from the deck into the choppy water. Some men and women are in the water holding onto planks or cotton bales. Two men in the left foreground sit on a large cotton bale. One man uses a plank as a paddle. Some men wear top hats. It is night, and the sky appears to be full of clouds.
Inscription: On recto, lithographed title beneath image, "Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat LEXINGTON. in Long Island Sound, on Monday Eveg. / Jany. 13th. 1840. by which Melancholy occurrence, over 150 Persons Perished." On verso, lower left, in pencil, "Dwr 39".
Object Number: 2003.263.0
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