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    Battle of the Ironclads - Inventory Number MIS 022

    The Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack in the first engagement between ironclad warships.  The battle of Hampton Roads - Early on the mornings of May 11, 1862, off Craney Island, fire and powder trails reached the ironclads's magazine and she was destroyed by a great explosion.  Only a few remnants of the Merrimack have been recovered for preservation in museums; reports from the era indicate that her wreck was heavily salvaged following the war. 

    This section of wood measuring 2" x 1/4" is affixed to an original envelope which contained this section of wood.  The outside bears an original ink inscription, "Part of Rebel Iron Clad Ship "Merrimac" - blown up May 11th, 1862-" .  Nicely framed with a colored print by R.F. Zogbaun.  Signed and dated by Zogbaun, 1898.  Copyright, 1898 by Frederick A. Stokes Company.  Frame measures 18" x 21"

    Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum (August 28, 1849 – October 22, 1925) was an American illustrator, journalist, and writer. He is primarily known as an illustrator for late 19th century news magazines. His works were regularly featured in Harper’s Weekly magazine.

    Zogbaum was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was educated at the Art Students League in New York City from 1878–1879, and during 1880–1882 studied under Léon Bonnat in Paris.

    Harper's Weekly normally hired freelance illustrators; nevertheless, for a time Zogbaum was on the magazine's art staff and was sometimes given the assignment to redraw submissions by freelance illustrators. In the 19th-century news magazine world, redrawing illustrations was the equivalent of editing writers’ works. Two of the most famous artists who made illustrations for Harper’s were Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, whose first few illustrations for Harper’s were redrawn by staff artists, including Zogbaum. Zogbaum and Rockwell both lived and worked in New Rochelle, New York, a well-known art colony especially popular among illustrators of the early twentieth century.

    Zogbaum specialized in several areas of illustration. During his lifetime, his drawings and paintings of horses and military themes (U.S. Army and Navy) were almost as well known as Remington’s, although he was older than Remington and his works had actually influenced the younger artist.  As did Remington, during the Spanish–American War, Zogbaum served as an on-the-scene artist-correspondent. His 1897 book, All Hands: Pictures of Life in the United States Navy, is a collector's item featuring 36 full page illustrations. He painted a mural of the Battle of Lake Erie in 1910 for the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio. 

    Inventory Number: MIS 022