Artist: Mort Kunstler
Title: The Final Mission
Image Size: 18" x 27" (Canvas 22" x 33")
Edition: Artist Hand Signed and Numbered Limited Edition to 950
Medium: Fine Art Giclee Print on Paper and Giclee Print on Canvas
About the Art: Mort Knstlers Comments
When the H.L. Hunley was recovered from Charleston harbor in 2000, I watched the television coverage with the same fascination that affected most students of the Civil War. How remarkable! The long-lost Hunley first submarine to sink a ship in warfare had actually been raised from its watery grave! Despite my interest in the salvage of the vessel, I have to admit that I did not think about painting the Hunley. I had painted the engagement between the Monitor and the Virginia, but my primary focus has always been the ground war. I was also juggling a multitude of projects at the time.
Then, on one of my regular visits to Charleston, the chairman of the Hunley Commission, South Carolina Senator Glenn McConnell, invited me to examine the Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. I happened to visit the day that the Hunleys senior conservator, Paul Mardikian, first opened the famous gold pocket watch carried by the Hunleys commander, Lieutenant George E. Dixon.
What a memorable day! The Hunley is such an extraordinary vessel so sophisticated-looking and advanced for its day. And the crew members what exceptionally courageous Americans! As I stood there looking down at this famous American submarine, I was captured by the history, tragedy and adventure associated with the Hunley. So, when Senator McConnell asked if I would be interested in serving as an Official Artist for the H.L. Hunley -- I immediately accepted. The result is this painting The Final Mission.
Like all of my paintings, this one required a lot of research. I went out to Sullivans Island and Breach Inlet overlooking Charleston harbor, and examined the launch site
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