Original Civil War Sailor Art Drawn by George H. Rogers of the USS’ ‘Adela’ – Presented in the Winter of 1863 to his friend James W. Browning

This beautiful hand drawn and colored drawing shows the U.S. Steamer Adela of the United States Gulf Squadron.  In the bottom right corner, it is signed by the artist.  Browning used an envelope for his drawing.  We know of one other sketch that Browning made of the U.S.S. Adela, which is pictured on the Department of the Navy Historical Centers website.  Their example is almost identical. 

The history of the U.S.S. Adela is fascinating.  Built in Belfast, Ireland, to be a Blockade Runner.   After a stop in Bermuda, headed for Nassau in the Bahama’s, she was captured by the Quaker City and towed to Key West, Florida.  She was eventually refitted at the New York Navy Yard and joined the East Gulf Blockading Squadron.  There is much more fascinating reading on her voyages. 

A wonderful, colorful piece of Civil War folk art, beautifully framed with U.V. protection.

#PC425 -Price $950