[TWO ORIGINAL INK DRAWINGS OF MOUNT VERNON, BY UNITED STATES NAVY LIEUTENANT JOHN B. DALE]. John B. Dale.
[TWO ORIGINAL INK DRAWINGS OF MOUNT VERNON, BY UNITED STATES NAVY LIEUTENANT JOHN B. DALE]
[TWO ORIGINAL INK DRAWINGS OF MOUNT VERNON, BY UNITED STATES NAVY LIEUTENANT JOHN B. DALE]
[TWO ORIGINAL INK DRAWINGS OF MOUNT VERNON, BY UNITED STATES NAVY LIEUTENANT JOHN B. DALE]

[TWO ORIGINAL INK DRAWINGS OF MOUNT VERNON, BY UNITED STATES NAVY LIEUTENANT JOHN B. DALE].

[Mt. Vernon, Va: 1842].

Two ink drawings, as described below. Fine. Item #100224

A charming group of ink and wash drawings by the talented artist and United States Navy Lieutenant, John B. Dale. Only one of the drawings is titled, but they all show scenes along a river, presumably the Suwanee in southern Georgia or northern Florida, and two of them show sporting scenes. Lieutenant John B. Dale was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1814 and appointed a midshipman in the United States Navy in 1829. He was one of three artists assigned to the United States Exploring Expedition, the pioneering scientific exploration commanded by Charles Wilkes that lasted from 1838 to 1842. During that voyage Dale butted heads with the famously irascible Wilkes several times, and was sent home half-way through the expedition. Nonetheless, many of Dale's drawings appear in the official published account of the expedition. He was married in 1840 and had two sons. From 1844 to 1846 Dale was a member of the crew of of the U.S.S. Constitution ("Old Ironsides") during its circumnavigation of the globe. Dale died in Lebanon in 1848, while on duty in the Mediterranean as part of the Lynch Expedition. Dale's manuscript journal of his cruise aboard the Constitution is in the collection of the New England Historical Genealogical Society. An attractive duo of original ink drawings of George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, made by United States Navy Lieutenant John B. Dale. One of the drawings is dated February 16, 1842, within days of what would have been Washington's 110th birthday. The drawings were likely created by Dale on a visit to Mount Vernon from nearby Washington, DC, where he was stationed at the time and participating in the U.S. Coastal Survey. By the 1840s the estate, still in the hands of the Washington family, had fallen into disrepair and was not formally open to the public. Dale's position as a naval officer from a prominent family would have helped gain him access, and his visit demonstrates the lasting appeal of Washington's home.

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