"The Battle of Cardenas Cuba May 11th, 1898 "   Lot no. 2007

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By Henry Reuterdahl (1871-1925)

1989 (Estimated)
9.50" x 15.00"
Gouache on Paper



The battle of Cardenas Cuba May 11th 1898 where the American torpedo boat Winslow attacked the Spanish ship Antonio Lopez.

Ft. Pitt museum curator's personal collection.

Original gouache signed “Reuterdahl ‘98”portraying the battle of Cardenas Cuba May 11th 
1898 where the American torpedo boat Winslow attacked the Spanish ship Antonio Lopez.  
The Winslow suffered 20 hits from ship and shore battery but bravely fought on and 
established torpedo boats as a force to be reckoned with within the U.S. Navy.  The 
painting measures 9-1/2” by 15” and is signed lower left.  Henry Reuterdahl was born in 
Sweden in 1871 and was a war correspondent during the Spanish American War and WW1 and 
was an official artist for the U.S. Navy.  He won a silver medal at the San Francisco 
exposition 1915 also the Beck Prize for water color.  Reuterdahl’s works hang in the 
U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and in the Navy Dept along with numerous other 

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Henry Reuterdahl was a master painter of ships and the sea. His early pictures were literal and factually accurate, but his later pictures, his knowledgeability allowed him a heightened impressionistic approach in the manipulation of the elements of weather, sea and ships, with a brilliance of color appropriate for his ageless, primal subject.

    During the Spanish-American War, he served as an artist-correspondent. He also accompanied the American Fleet on several voyages including one through the Straits of Magellan in 1907, and another to the Mediterranean in 1913. As a Lieutenant Commander during World War I, he was artistic adviser to the United States Navy Recruiting Bureau in New York and made paintings for many of the Navy’s most effective and dramatic posters.

   He is represented in the collections of the National Museum in Washington D.C.; the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the Naval War College in Newport; and in the Toledo Museum.