Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington in Long Island Sound on Monday Eve, January 13th, 1840, by which melancholy occurrence, over 100 Persons Perished
William K. Hewitt (American, 19th century)
Nathaniel Currier (American, Roxbury, Massachusetts 1813–1888 New York)
Image: 8 7/16 in. × 12 in. (21.4 × 30.5 cm)
Sheet: 11 9/16 × 14 1/2 in. (29.3 × 36.8 cm)
Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962
Not on view
A fire blazes through The Lexington steamship as survivors hold on to floating pieces of ship debris. A map of Long Island Sound appears below the image. This version was printed at the Sun Office and has "The Extra Sun" printed at the top of the sheet. Seven newspaper columns have been trimmed from the lower portion of the original sheet. The seven columns of newspaper coverage are included in 63.550.345(2).
Signature: In stone below image at lower left and lower right: Drawn by W.K. Hewitt./ N. Currier Lith. & Pub. 2 Spruce St. N.Y.
Inscription: In stone below image at right: Pub. at Sun Office.
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