Inv. No. CE4/04208
This print was made by engraving and printing with black ink. It was inspired by the ‘Tratado de Arquitectura Naval' by Rafael Monleón and portrays the Diploma of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, 1893. In the top part, above the Diploma, some allegories of America are represented. In the bottom part, the discovery of America is represented; Columbus is directing a boat where people of different continents and cultures are rowing, thus conveying the idea that Columbus discovered America for the rest of the world. The main reason for the creation of Chicago’s Universal Exposition was to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. In the lower part there are the signatures of the artists who signed the Diploma; one is of the American artist William Hicox Low who was responsible for the drawing and original idea. Another signature is of the German engraver, Charles Schlecht, who settled in America.
Rafael Monleón (1840-1900) was not only a painter who specialised in maritime art, he was also a restorer at the Naval Museum of Madrid where he gained technical expertise in naval engineering. He painted 80 watercolours to illustrate his book, “Naval Construction in the Works of Rafael Monleón”. This book earned Monleón great recognition and inspired Schlecht’s Diploma.
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