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Martin, Charles
Columbus Landing in America (8 original drawings)
1840. N.p., N.d.. With ALS from Sir Frederick Leighton, President of the Royal Academy. [ca. 1840's or 1850's ?]. A series of 8 oblong folio original pen-and-ink drawings and 7 preliminary pencil sketches for "Columbus Landing in America." 9 x 14 3/4". The drawings are accompanied by an ALS to Martin from Frederick Leighton (later President of the Royal Academy), "Aug. 30," no year [1849?]. Leighton writes on the envelope "to Charles Martin about the 8 drawings of 'The Landing of Columbus.' He says he will forward them to Mr. Boursin [?] "...first thanking you for allowing me to see them and congratulating you on their very considerable merit - there is about them an amount of picturesqueness and character together with simplicity of action which is very unusual. I am just off; first to the North & then to Spain - wishing you a pleasant time in America." In blue morocco-backed cloth folding case. The drawings together to form a panorama, each panel showing a number of figures. Drawing No. 1 shows Columbus on shore with five figures carrying standards of various sorts. Columbus is holding a large flag and raising his sword high over his head. One of his ships stands off shore. The following drawing show 43 of his men in various forms of dress, many in tatters, and all carrying something; halberds, amphoras, various utensils, etc. One rather ragged man is on his knees holding his beads. On No. 5 is written: "The Landing of Columbus. The military followers with the cannon and ammunition; a 'holy-water sprinkler' and other offensive arms of the fourteenth and fifteenth centur … [Click Below for Full Description]
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