12" X 16"
Original Rare Old Historic Antique Nautical Chart showing Anacapa Island 1854
This chart was published by the United States Coast Survey in 1854 and is the first published commercial work by American artist James Abbott Whistler. The chart shows two possible anchorages off of the relatively uninhabited Western Coast of the United States. The first Island, Smith’s or Blunt’s Island is located in the Eastern Straight of Juan de Fuca. A lighthouse was proposed to be built there and was constructed in 1858. Whistler was responsible for the engraving of the profile drawing of the Eastern end of Anacapa Island. He thought the drawing was too boring or plain and needed some life, so he decided to add two flocks of Seagulls to the engraving. With a deadline approaching, the Coast Survey had no choice but to publish the document as engraved. They later decided to dismiss Whistler as he had been warned in the past about unauthorized additions to these otherwise businesslike drawings.
- Item #: 10208