Steamboat Illustrations, Page 12

Belle Creole

The MUSIC and the BELLE CREOLE at New Orleans circa 1845-49 by unknown artist. Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

There is no pilot house visible on the steamboat far right. The artist may have been prevented from completing the painting for some reason.


The Young Pilot of the Belle Creold 1850 Southern Lady's novel

Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz (June 1, 1800, Lancaster, Massachusetts - February 11, 1856, Marianna, Florida) was an American novelist and (categorized as "an author of sentimental fiction") was best known for her opposition to the abolitionist movement. Her widely read The Planter's Northern Bride, a rebuttal to Harriet Beecher Stowe's popular anti-slavery book, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

The MUSIC and the BELLE CREOLE at New Orleans circa 1845-49 by unknown artist. Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

There is no pilot house visible on the steamboat far right. The artist may have been prevented from completing the painting for some reason.

Sidewheel packet boat

Way's Packet Directory Number 0491

Built in 1845 at Cincinnati, Ohio. 447 tons
Ran New Orleans-Bends 1846. Captain Champromere.
Burst a steam line on 16 November, 1849 near New orleand, 5 were killed.
In New Orleans-Vicksburg trade in 1850. Captain J.M. White. Was off the lists in 1852.

Way lists 2 sidewheelers named MUSIC, both built at Jeffersonville for Captain Ferdinand Schreck of Donaldsville, Louisiana and operated during the same period as the BELLE CREOLE.

The first MUSIC was built in 1843 for Captain Schreck sold the boat in March 1847 to Captain Celestin Dalferes of Assumption Parish, Louisiana. This first MUSIC was off the lists in 1849.

The second MUSIC was built in 1850, 273 tons. Ran New Orleans-Upper Coast by Captain Schreck. This second MUSIC was off the lists in 1859.

She was a major literary figure in her day, and helped to advance women's fiction. In 1850, Hentz published her most profitable novel, Linda, or the Young Pilot of the Belle Creole.

children's illustration

NEW HORIZONS calendar art - 1949.

steamboat illustration

Don't think any of these are in print but each has its merits as far as content and illustrations. You could mention them to teachers when you submit possible lesson plans.


Jim Waddell giving his orientation talk to school kids who were bussed over to Mark Twain Cave for a Tour. The mural behind him is an enlargement of a super high resolution Library of Congress file of a steamboat painting (seen above, by August Norieri) that lends itself well to the environment of this room where the tourists of all ages get an introductory talk prior to going on the tour of the Cave. For more Jim Waddell, click here. YouthsCompanion6April1922MilestonesSTEAMBOATSreducedForNORI

A "Retro-fashions" page from Youth's Companion magazine 6 April 1922. Apparently the young readers of this periodical were both boys and girls. The emphasis in the illustration is on the fancy ante-bellum apparel worn by the ladies on the levee rather than on the steamboats behind the ladies and gents.


The racer ROB'T E. LEE in a celebratory black and white lithograph published after her 1870 win over the NATCHEZ at the conclusion of their famous race.

Way's Packet Directory Number 4777 gives a colorful and detailed account of the race, New Orleans to St. Louis, June 30 to July 4, 1870. The ROB'T E. LEE Lee made the trip in 3 days, 18 hours, and 14 minutes, the all-time record for a commercial steamboat. Other trips included New Orleans to Cairo, 3 days, one hour, one minute, and New Orleans to Natchez, 17 hours, 11 minutes, both in 1870. On December 22, 1870 she collided with the Potomac opposite Natchez, Mississippi. The Lee sustained much damage and was run out on a sandbar until she could be raised and repaired. She brought her record cotton cargo of 5741 bales to New Orleans in 1874. When she left New Orleans for Portland, Kentucky, for dismantling, mid-April, 1876, several thousand came to see her off, with many salutes en route to mark the closing of her career. Her hull was taken to Memphis for use as a wharf boat. Much of her equipment went into her successor, also known as the ROB'T E. LEE. La Crosse Steamboats Neg. 44084.

The ROB'T E. LEE deserves to have her own page one of these days.


Travel poster circa mid '50's to mid '60's with graphic of a sidewheeler NATCHEZ.

Prints available in various sizes from www.AllPosters.com

"New Orleans-Steamboat Natchez Mississippi River Paddlewheeler - Illinois Central Railroad"

Item # : 13090704

LIFE_December 22, 1958_WhenJazzWasYoungArmstrongAndBeiderbeckeForNORI


"Fine Art" painting as illustrations by Morton Roberts This is the second to the last piece of artwork: Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke on the New Orleans levee in 1920.

Morton Roberts obviously referred to the Keystone stereoview Number 119 "Cotton! Cotton! Cotton! Levee, New Orleans, Louisiana" of the roustabouts resting on cotton bales while they waited for their next assignment of heavy lifting. Roberts got his steamboat reference from another photo or photos. Maybe I'll come across the source one of these days and add it to this demonstration.

LIFE Magazine
December 22, 1958
Special 2 in 1 Holiday Issue

Beginning on page 64

When Jazz Was Young:

Eleven paintings by Morton Roberts and vivid recollections of old time musicians evoke days when America's own art form was born in New Orleans and rode north of the river.

The caption for the attached painting was a quotation from Louis Armstrong regarding the young Bix Beiderbecke. At the time both musicians played cornets. It wasn't until the mid-1920's that "Satchmo" Armstrong switched to a trumpet.

"I had my first job with Fate Marable's band" (beginning in September, 1918 on one of the Streckfus steamers that conducted excursions around the harbor of New Orleans).

"In 1920 I was 19 and Bix was 16. He just sit there on the levee and listen to me blow and then go home and go to work. Listen, I mean work. I told him just to play and he'd please the cats but you take a genius and he's never satisfied. Later on we'd meet when we played the same town. After we closed the door on the cats we'd get together and have a ball. If that boy had lived, he'd be the greatest." Bix passed on in 1931 at age 28.

LOOMIS steamboat Painting 33 percent

Back in the mid 1990's I bought this nostalgic steamboat painting by popular American illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) from an antique store in Montrose.

It was a huge canvas, about four feet wide and apparently painted by Loomis during his later years (he died in 1959 at age 67) on commission from a publisher who then made a run of prints from the painting at about two thirds the size of the original.

I have a bunch of copies of those steamboat prints and one made from a painting Loomis produced at the same time of a stagecoach arriving on a wild and wooly Western street where it was welcomed by a cowboy wearing chaps, some "dance hall girls" in upstairs windows and other exuberant townsfolk.

The antique dealer who sold me this told me that the nurse who took care of the fellow who had commissioned Loomis to paint this (so he could have prints made from it) gave the painting to the nurse who took care of him during a long illness. The nurse kept the canvas rolled up under her bed for something over 30 years before it resurfaced and the dealer had the canvas remounted on stretcher bars.

While I liked this painting for its brilliant use of color, draughtsmanship and brush work I felt it was a bit cloying and more of a fanciful nostalgic representation of steamboat days than a true-to-life one.

Loomis was born in Syracuse NY in 1892, but raised on the Muskingum River at Zanesville where he would have seen plenty of steamboats that came up through the locks from Marietta at the mouth of the Ohio River about 100 miles southeast of Zanesville.

But Loomis did not seem to use much if any of his eyewitness experience of river commerce at turn-of-the-century Zanesville in this painting. The steamboat appears to have been based on the "Gary Wayne," a steamboat in a nostalgic piece of early 1950's calendar art by Paul Detlefsen called RIVERBOAT DAYS.

The building next to the wharf in the painting by Loomis has signage which says STEAMSHIP CO. - DEPOT & TICKET OFFICE. Since when would a steamBOAT line on one of the Inland Waterways ever have called itself a steamSHIP company?

Some years after buying this painting I put it on consignment with Illustration House in NY City who sold it in an auction and got a good return on my investment.


by Frances Trego Montgomery
The Saalfield Publishing Co.
Akron, OH, 1915
Illustrated by Frank J. Murch with 7 color plates and black & white line drawings accompanying the text.
8 X 9" 170 pages

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