The Vanquishers of Salamis
Typogravure with four sections of text describing three images, (1) the photogravure The Vanquishers of Salamus. (2) After The Capture of the Malakoff (in the Crimea, 1855), and (3) Launching The Life Boat. The image at the top of the typogravure "After The Caputre of the Malakoff depicts the battlefield, bodies on the ground, other injured in background. A young French officer is found among the dead wraped in the French flag. The next three paragraphs speak about the Vanquishers of Salamis. Last paragraph is about the two typogravures on the page, the bottom one "Launching The Life Boat" depicts eight men attempting to push a boat into the water from the hilly beach top. One boat already launched is in the background among waves of the ocean.
*Printed on front black ink: "THE VANQUISHERS OF SALAMIS. PHOTOGRAVURE FROM THE ORIGINAL PAINTING BY F. CORMON AT THE PARIS EXPOSITION OF 1889. (FRENCH SCHOOL.) This great painting, which won the medal of honor of the Salon of 1887, and was Cormon's representative picture in 1889, commemorates the victory of the Greeks over the Persian fleet, B. C. 480. The battle took place in the strait between the eastern part of the island and the coast of Attica, and the position of the contending forces is still pointed out to visitors. The Grecian fleet was down in the small bay of the town of Salamis, and the Persian fleet opposite to them on the coast of Attica. The battle was witnessed by Xerxes from the attic Coast. He had erected for himslef a lofty throne on one of the projecting declivites of Mr. AEgaleon, expecting to witness a great victory.
This victory of the Greeks was the salvation of Greece, because Xerxes immediately retired, and in forty-five days recrossed the Hellespout in full retreat.
The scene of rejoicing as portrayed by Cormon is nautral and spirited. The warriors mingle with the maidens and matrons, and 'joy is unconfined.' For over two thousand years, in Greece, the victory of Salamis has been held as a day of rejoicing.
F. Cormon was bornat Paris. He won medals in 1872 and 1873, and the prize of the Salon in 1875. He was a pupil of Fromentin, and also of Cabanel."
*Printed on front black ink bottom of page: "The typogravure embellishments of this page are from two much admired paintings in the Paris Exhibition of 1889. "After the Capture of the Malakoff" (in the Crimea, 1855). The dead body of a young French officer is found in the ruins with the flag of his regiment wound round him. Georges Moreau de Tours, a pupil of Cabanel, won his first medal ten years ago, 1879, and has since been famous for his fine historical paintings. "Launching the Life Boat," by Fernau Blayn. Fernau Blayn, a pupil of Cabanel, promises to become one of the greatest marine painters of this generation."
*Printed under typogravure at top, black ink: "G. Moreau de Tours , Pinx. AFTER THE CAPTURE OF THE MALAKOFF (in the Crimea, 1855) Paris Exposition, 1889."
*Printed under typogravure at bottom, black ink: "F. Blays, Pinx. LAUNCHING THE LIFE BOAT. Paris Exposition, 1889"