1860s Civil War Era Sketch of Cape May, New Jersey

[Cape May Lighthouse]. - Main View

1860s Civil War Era Sketch of Cape May, New Jersey


Civil War Sketch of Cape May.


[Cape May Lighthouse].
  1862 (undated)     12.5 x 15.25 in (31.75 x 38.735 cm)


A curious c. 1862 American Civil War era view of Cape May, New Jersey. The view focuses on what we believe to be the Cape May lighthouse during the Civil War. The view looks roughly eastward from Cape May Point. A Civil War army encampment appears in the foreground. At sea, several ships, including sailing ships and a paddlewheel steam ship, are recognizable. Also recognizable is a small battery in the background.
Why do we think this is Cape May?
We are not 100% certain. However, the shape of the lighthouse, the keepers house, and rightward sweep of the cape are distinctive. Other suggestions have been the Pensacola Light House and the St. Simons Island Lighthouse. None of the options is exact and we believe some artistic license has been taken. If any reader has further information, please send it along and we will re-evaluate.
Rhoads and Sons Paper
The paper bears a circular blind stamp in the upper right bearing a crown and reading 'Rhoads and Sons London'. This refers to Thomas Rhoads, a London based paper manufactures (not to be confused with the Pennsylvania company 'J. E. Rhodes and Son'). The firm was active from roughly 1833 through 1880 - somewhat dating this map. They were best known for heavy stock stationary, ideal for sketch art, watercolors, pen and ink, and similar work. Rhoads papers were widely distributed in the United States from the 1850s.


Good. Pencil drawing. Some soiling and discoloration.