The Battle of Manila.
14.5 x 17.75 in (36.83 x 45.085 cm)
This is an 1898 Muller, Luchsinger, and Company chromolithograph view of the Battle of Manila Bay, which took place on May 1, 1898. The battle, faught between the American Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey and the Spanish Pacific Squadron under Admiral Patricio Montojo, was one of the most decisive naval battles in naval history and effectively ended Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines. The view depicts two massive American battleships, one of which is likely Commodore Dewey's flagship, the U.S.S. Olympia, and a smaller American vessel to the left, all three of which are firing on two Spanish vessels steaming ahead of the Americans. After the battle was over, Commodore Dewey reported that the American fleet suffered nine injured and one fatality, due to a heart attack. Those numbers are disputed by some historians. A portrait of Dewey is situated below the view on the left.
ChromolithographyChromolithography is a color lithographic technique developed in the mid-19th century. The process involved using multiple lithographic stones, one for each color, to yield a rich composite effect. Oftentimes, the process would start with a black basecoat upon which subsequent colors were layered. Some chromolithographs used 30 or more separate lithographic stones to achieve the desired effect. Chromolithograph color could also be effectively blended for even more dramatic effects. The process became extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when it emerged as the dominate method of color printing.
Publication History and CensusThis view was published by Muller, Luchsinger, and Company in 1898. It is rare. Only one example catalogued in the OCLC and it is part of the institutional collection at The Clements Library at the University of Michigan. It appears rarely on the private market.
Muller, Luchsinger and Company (fl. c. 1886 - c. 1930) was an American lithography, printing, and publishing firm based in New York City active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Good. All four sides trimmed, leading to loss of caption and copyright statement along bottom. Exhibits some toning and soiling. Blank on verso.