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    Mort Künstler (American, b. 1931)
    The Great White Fleet Sails, 1977
    Oil on board
    16 x 18-1/2 inches (40.6 x 47.0 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: © MKünstler '77

    Hammer Galleries, New York, 1979;
    Saks Galleries, Denver, Colorado, 1979;
    Private collection, Oklahoma.

    Old Orchard Museum, Oyster Bay, New York, "Old Glory's Proudest Moments," June 10-September 8, 1978;
    U.S. Navy Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., "Old Glory's Proudest Moments," February-April 15, 1979;
    Hammer Galleries, New York, "Mort Künstler: Epic Paintings of America," October 23-November 3, 1979.

    Commemorative First Day Issue, Old Glory's Proudest Moments, Unicover -- Fleetwood Division, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1978, illustration;
    Mort Künstler: Epic Paintings of America, exhibition catalogue, Hammer Galleries, New York, 1979, inside back cover, illustrated;
    M. Künstler and H. S. Commager, Mort Künstler's 50 Epic Paintings of America, New York, 1979, p. 83, illustrated;
    Catalogue, Old Glory's Proudest Moments, U. S. Navy Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., 1979, p. 2, illustrated;
    Surface Warfare, October 1979, cover, illustrated;
    Newsday, "Epic Paintings From a Long Islander's Easel", 1979, p. 18, illustrated;
    H. S. Commager, The American Spirit -- the Paintings of Mort Künstler, New York, 1986, and Nashville, Tennessee, 1994, p. 158, illustrated;
    Newsday, Theodore Roosevelt -- Special Section, 2001.

    Condition Report*: Work remains in good condition. Framed Dimensions 25.5 X 28 Inches
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    November, 2015
    16th Monday
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