Sam W. Bowman, lithographer (Norfolk, Virginia, Late 19th Century)
International Naval Rendezvous, Hampton Roads, Va., April and May 1893., identified in inscriptions. Chromolithograph on paper, 30 1/4 x 42 in., in a gilt-gesso frame. Condition: Toning, creases, minor foxing.
Note: This lithograph commemorates the opening of the Hampton Roads Naval Rendezvous which occurred April 17-24, 1893. It was the first of a chain of celebrations leading to the Chicago Columbian Exposition. Thirty-eight warships from ten countries gathered in the large harbor, also with the Civil War vessels the Monitor and Merrimac. The lithograph also advertises a "Trades Parade," a "Yacht Race," and "Excursion Rates On All Railroads and Steamship Lines."