Monument to the Lamar Family
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper
Overall: 21 x 16 1/8 in. ( 53.3 x 41 cm ) mat: 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. ( 64.8 x 52.1 cm )
inscription: on glass cover: "This Monument is Erected to the Memory/of the Family of Mr. Lamar who were/Lost in the Ill Fated Steamer Pulaski/Capt. Walter Dubois. June 1838" signature: lower center, indian ink (concealed by black-and-gold border): "Robe
Inscribed at lower center in black ink: "Robert E Launitz / Sculptor & Artificer in Marble / 591 Broadway. / New-York."; reputedly once inscribed on an "old glass cover": "This Monument is Erected to the Memory / of the Family of Mr. Lamar who were / Lost in the Ill Fated Steamer Pulaski / Capt. Walter Dubois, June 1838"
The steamer Pulaski was lost off the North Carolina coast on June 14, 1838. Members of the Lamar family were among the one hundred persons who lost their lives when the ship went down. Robert F. Launitz, sculptor, was listed at 591 Broadway, New York City, from 1832 to 1844 (NYCD). The attribution of the watercolor to Launitz is based solely upon the appearance of his name on the study as sculptor of the monument.
Gift of Alexander O. Victor
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