Editor’s Note—See discussion, page 335 this issue.
ONE of the writer’s earliest memories is of a long hall hung with old time ship pictures, among which was a particularly bold lithograph labelled “The U. S. Sloop of War St. Louis in the Harbor of Smyrna, July 2, 1853,” with the sub-title Commander Duncan N-. Ingraham demanding the release of Martin Koszta from the Austrian Brig of War Hussar.”
The artist was evidently more noted for conscientious attention to detail than for a very intimate acquaintance with naval architecture or a too slavish adherence to the laws of perspective. Not for him were any of the tricks of the modernist school, whereby so much is left to the imagination and so little actually done by the artist; his job was to get into the picture everything that belonged there, and in this he has succeeded admirably.