Frederic S. Cozzens. “Monitors Passaic, Monadnock, Nantucket, Keokuk and New Ironsides.” From Our Navy. Its Growth and Achievements. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1892. 7 3/4 x 12 1/4. Chromolithograph. Some light spotting, but overall very good conditin.
Frederic S. Cozzens (1856-1928) is considered to be one of the best American nineteenth century marine illustrators. He is first known to have sketched marine scenes as early as 1868 and he contributed many illustrations to such publications as Harper’s Weekly, Daily Graphic, and Leslie’s Magazine. Known best for his depiction of yachting scenes, Cozzens drew all types of watercraft, including naval images such as this. His first publication was American Yachts, Their Clubs and Races, which contained 27 chromolithographs, and his work was so well received that Cozzens produced four other series of prints: Typical American Yachts (1886); Yachts and Yachting (1887); Our Navy, Its Growth and Achievements (1892); and Old Naval Prints (1892). This is from Our Navy, illustrating the the identified ships of the American Navy just before the turn of the century.