Howard Koslow (New Jersey, New York, 1924 - 2016) "South Carolina's Morris Island Lighthouse" Signed lower left. Original Acrylic painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Fleetwood First Day Cover for the U.S. 37c South Carolina Morris Island Lighthouse stamp issue of June 13, 2003.
The first lighthouse at Charleston was built in 1767, when South Carolina was still a British Colony; 70 years later a 120-foot-tall lighthouse replaced the original, but this beacon didn't last through the Civil War. Construction for the current Morris Island Lighthouse began in 1874, and was finished two years later. An earthquake in 1886 destroyed many of the buildings in the city of Charleston, but the lighthouse survived the disaster. Vegetable and flower gardens, livestock and an elegant three story Victorian style house for the light keeper, were all part of the stately lighthouse complex, on what used to be Morris Island. Now the tower is all that remains, standing in the ocean several hundred yards offshore. The buildings and even the land have succumbed to the ocean, but the lighthouse refuses to relinquish its spot where it safely guided mariners for many years.
Image Size: 14 x 12 in.
Overall Size: 20 x 18 in.
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