ITEM: Engraving, "Torpedo Boats for the Spanish Government", from The Engneer, 21 October 1887, 15x10 inches. Fine condition. $75
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Horace may have said "Pulvis et umbra sumus" (“We are but dust and shadow")- and meant it, but the artist working here on this ship would definitely have replaced "dust" with "metal and wood". The details above and below are two very small bits (each about a half-inch long or so) from a 15-inch long engraving of a Spanish torpedo boat, and published in The Engineer on 21 October 1887. The workmanship is superb and the sense of design to me is absolutely glorious--the entire image of the plan of the is ship is beautifully done, as are the shadows, which were added so far as I can tell for artistic delight.
And another detail: