Columbus leaving Spain, 1492
woven at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893
Later version of card mount, following the usual Stevens format of printing below the silk:-
the image of this silk picture kindly donated by John Hartwig, USA
|Woven on silk:-
COLUMBUS LEAVING SPAIN 1492
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK AT THE WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO 1893
COLUMBUS LEAVING SPAIN
AUGUST 3RD. 1492.
cm deep by cm wide
6.4cm high by 17.8cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
by Geoffrey Godden:
This landscape scene shows Christopher Columbus being ferried out in a rowing-boat to the Santa Maria while a priest on the Spanish shore stands, with other figures, giving his blessing to the expedition. The title "Columbus Leaving Spain" is woven in the bottom of the picture, near the left-hand corner. "Landing of Columbus" forms a pair with this one [see st392 on this site].
This historical subject was probably first introduced at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. The very first issues, or those woven at the American exhibition, have only the woven title "Columbus Leaving Spain" [see st80 on this site]. This hitherto unrecorded and very rare version was soon amended to the standard title "Columbus Leaving Spain 1492" - that is, with the date '1492' added [as above].
The early examples made at (or for) the Chicago Exhibition of 1893 are found on two different types of card-mount. The earliest and rarest card-mount (which varies in quality from the standard English card-mounts, and is shown first above) may have been made and printed in America; the second standard version (being the second image above) links in quality and style of printing with the normal Stevens English mount of the early 1890s.
This subject, with its companion, was first included in label 29+38. It is normally found on card-mounts of type C3 and D4, but is often also found on card-mount E1 or on mounts without any wording. These latter examples are, of course, rather late in period.
Confirmation that Stevens was actually present at the Exposition, with the credit:-
" WOVEN IN PURE SILK AT THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO, 1893 BY THE STEVENGRAPH WORKS, COVENTRY, ENG. ":
This page was created on 14 December 2003
additional image added 7 May 2006, and new image added 12 November 2014, and Stevens credit version added 28 September 2015. New improved image of earliest version added 10 January 2018 © Peter Daws
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