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Steamboat Models -The Rare Investment

Rex Stewart

Rex Stewart is a professional artist and craftsman that specialize in rare wood collectibles that reflect the American maritime with timeless subjects in various genres such as shadowboxes, dioramas, miniatures, woodsculptures, shipmodels and fine paintings. Forty years experience has given him national and international acclaim.

The Hudson River steamboat model and other such works are highly sought after in the collectible market, primarily because of its rarity. Very few collectibles in this genre exist and there is a place where they can be realized and collected to enhance the Bard paintings that are now favored in the maritime.

Remembering in art the steamboat Alexander Hamilton

  • The Alexander Hamilton Passing Kingston Point -limited edition artist remarque print.

    The Alexander Hamilton Passing Kingston Point -limited edition artist remarque print.

  • Closeup detail of steamboat image.

    Closeup detail of steamboat image.

  • Photo show steamboat ALEXANDER HAMILTON approaching Day Line dock at Albany, New York c.1959.

    Photo show steamboat ALEXANDER HAMILTON approaching Day Line dock at Albany, New York c.1959.

After 35 years...

The Hudson River Day Line was a unique steamboat service that operated on New York's Hudson River during the heyday of travel. It was an experience for thousands to ride these large vessels to each port of call from Albany to New York City during the 19th-20th centuries. The most memorable in contemporary times were the steamboats that many, whom in the final era of that time, remember all too well, which included the ROBERT FULTON, PETER STUYVESANT and ALEXANDER HAMILTON.

The last mentioned steamboat is the focus of this writing. Built in 1923, she served as one of the river's last remaining icon up until her last run from New York City to Bear Mountain in 1971. As a noted artist -and premiere builder of steamboat models, I had the good fortune to befriend the heir to these vessels who later commissioned a model of the HENDRICK HUDSON. It was then that I produced several detailed drawings of these steamboats which, from them, the ALEXADER HAMILTON was selected for publication as a limited edition print in 1985.

Politics unfortunately ceased the print from reaching an audience who desired to acquire the print based on their memorable experiences with the steamboat during the 1960s-70s. Today, this early edition which has been in my care, is re-released in honor of the vessel and the era.

The print is titled: "The Alexander Hamilton Passing Kingston Point". It depicts the steamboat traveling downriver, while the upriver boat ROBERT FULTON is in the distance. The artist remarque features the latter vessel in a small drawing under the signature at the righthand corner of the print.

Published on fine museum quality archival paper, the print measurements are image: 14 x 24 inches with a border measuring 20 x 30 inches. For further details, contact the artist directly at Caseships@yahoo.com or rexstewartoriginals@gmail.com. Phone 1-774-757-7137.

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