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Lot 81: ODIN ROSENVINGE (1880-1957). CUNARD LINE / [LUSITANIA.] Circa 1907. 39x24 inches, 101x63 cm. Turner & Dunnett, Lithos., Liverpool.
November 18, 2009
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ODIN ROSENVINGE (1880-1957) CUNARD LINE / [LUSITANIA.] Circa 1907.
39 3/4x24 3/4 inches, 101x63 cm. Turner & Dunnett, Lithos., Liverpool.
Condition B / B+: repaired tears, creases and restoration in margins and image; restored losses at edges and corners; restoration along vertical and horizontal folds.
An extremely rare and beautiful poster advertising transatlantic travel on the legendary Lusitania. Although the ship's name does not appear on the bow of the vessel illustrated, we know it is the Lusitania both by her profile (with her signature four smokestacks) and, more importantly, the white stripe along the top edge of her bow. Her sister ship the Mauretania, which looked practically identical, did not have the band of white above the black hull. This poster, however, predates the Lusitania's maiden voyage (September 7, 1907), as she was never in regular service with this white strip in place. The top of her bow was only painted white for her trials. This poster is exceptional, not only as one of a very few posters for the Lusitania, but also as a wonderful, artistic and evocative nocturnal seascape, in which a searchlight dramatically slices diagonally through the sky, prominently intersecting the diagonal hull of the ship. A fast and elegant ship, the vessel entered into popular culture and immortality when she was sunk by German torpedoes on May 7, 1915, an horrific event which helped precipitate the United States' entry in World War I.
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