Great find SIlylene! Thanks!
Compare the actual to Conrad Wise Chapman's painting done on the Charleston dock. For years historians thought Chapman made up some of the details, ...until they were found!
Caution in Googling for that painting, as an inferior 1900-something sketch seems to have been done from the original. The original oil is in color!
Again. I can't find a good link in a rush, but I have a 'connection' to the Hunley fund-raising effort.
An artist with a heavy Polish accent approached us at the Hammonasset Beach reenactment, and asked us to pose, for a painting about Hunley. It sounded phoney to us, but we'll pose for any photographers.
He was demanding, and took LOTS of pictures. Then a frustrated Dave Clark blurted out: "I'm handling the Spring Line?"
Marek Sarba, the artist and a former merchant seaman, lit up when he realized that we knew the lingo. Then we pantomined the whole casting off routine, to his concise, and commanding seaman's orders..
Months later, we got an invitation from the Governor of Connecticut to attend the public unveiling of the finished painting! No BS story after all!
Except for General Beauregard, done from historic photos, everyone in the painting is a recognizable portrait of a member of my (then) reenacting group; CoF of the 12th GA Volunteer Infantry.
I am sketching from the back row nearest to the big wheel.
Edited by newsartist, 19 January 2015 - 02:10 PM.