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    William Momberger Original Pen-and-Ink Wash Drawing of a Civil War Naval Battle Scene. This marvelous pen-and-ink illustration measures 7.5" x 4.5" and is taped to a piece of card stock measuring overall 8.5" x 5.5", circa 1863. This fascinating piece shows a crowded river scene in which a flotilla of Union naval vessels billow smoke while charging into a bay-like area, presumably to engage the Confederates in a naval contest. The sketch is not titled, so it is difficult to ascertain exactly which battle Momberger meant to portray in this sketch, but that does not detract from the raw power of its beauty. It is an energetic sketch, possibly signed at the bottom-left on the background card stock "W. Momberger del." Momberger was a German-American immigrant and prolific landscape painter and illustrator in the mid-nineteenth century who made chromolithographs and drawings for bank notes, newspapers, and books, in addition to publishing his work in Civil War-related publications. The sketch comes housed in a custom quarter leather box with gray cloth boards and gilt lettering on the spine. The sketch is in fine condition, with light wear around the edges, a very small crease at the bottom-left of the sketch, and a very small half-moon shaped brown stain at the top. This is a truly fascinating sketch from a well-known and highly respected artist of the Civil War.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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