Howard Cook (1901-1980), Engine Room, lithograph, 1930, signed, dated and inscribed 75 in pencil. Reference: Duffy 128, only state, from the intended edition of 75 of which only 35 were printed. In very good condition, with wide margins, 10 1/8 x 12 1/4, the sheet 13 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches.
A fine fresh impression, printed in black ink on ivory/white wove paper.
From the Duffy catalog raisonné: “The engine room of the S.S. Exhibitor, a freighter on which the Cooks sailed to Africa and Europe in 1929.”
The engine room is the propulsion machinery spaces of the vessel. To increase the safety and damage survivability of a vessel, the machinery necessary for operations may be segregated into various spaces. The engine room is one of these spaces, and is generally the largest physical compartment of the machinery space. The engine room houses the vessel’s prime mover, usually some variations of a heat engine – diesel engine, gas or steam turbine.