Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921)
The S.S. Mexico departing Havana harbor with Morro Castle off her stern. signed and dated lower right "Antonio Jacobsen/1904 oil on canvas 21-3/4 x 36 in. (55.2 x 91.4 cm.)
Literature: Harold S. Sniffen, Antonio Jacobsen - The Checklist, Smith Gallery, 1984, pp. 200-201 #19 listed as with the Incurable Collector.
Provenance: - with the Incurable Collector, (lablel on back)
The S.S. Mexico was built at William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Ward Line. She had Principal dimensions of LOA: 400 ft., Beam: 50.2 ft., Draft: 17.5 ft. She is depicted passing Morro Castle at the entrance to Havana harbor. The Morro Castle Fortress is a sixteenth-century fortress perched on the promontory forming the narrow entrance to the harbor of Havana Bay near Havana, Cuba. Built in 1589 by the Italian engineer Battista Antonelli when the Spanish occupied Cuba, the castle was captured from the Spanish by the British in 1762 in the Seven Years War.