Conté crayon, gray wash, black, white, and pink chalk, and white gouache on brown paper
Overall: 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. ( 24.8 x 20 cm )
signature: lower right: "R. F." inscription: at bottom: "To Henry Eckford with my friendship / This portrait of myself / Rob Fulton"
Signed at lower right in charcoal: "RF"; inscribed and signed at lower center: "To Henry Eckford with my friendship / this portrait of myself / Rob Fulton"
This portrait sketch is inscribed to Henry Eckford (1775-1832), the marine architect and shipbuilder who constructed the "Robert Fulton," which made the first successful voyage by steam power from New York to New Orleans and Havana in 1822. It was probably shown at the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York in 1909.
Gift of Fulton Cutting
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