Image Universe: Norah Lovell on the Battle of New Orleans, Part 2

"Image Universe" presents image essays inspired by our articles, reviews, and the work of local artists.

Norah Lovell, Patrol of Choctaws, 2015. Gouache on panel. Courtesy the artist and Callan Contemporary, New Orleans.

NORAH LOVELL'S STUDY FOR Patrol of Choctaws, 2015. Lovell begins in Photoshop creating semi-transparent layers of maps, wallpaper, and other patterns before collaging printed materials on top.

LOVELL pairs an IMAGE found THROUGH AN ONLINE SEARCH OF WHAT SHE DESCRIBES AS "WHITE LADIES" IN THE 1840S with a detail of George Catlin's Ball Players in the upper lefthand corner.

Lovell overlays the previous illustration of her "white ladies" on top of an early nineteenth-century map of the battlefield at Languille's Plantation on January 8, 1815, the final Battle of New Orleans.

Japanese Woodblock Print by Yoshitoshi of Tsuchigumo or "Earth Spider." Courtesy

Photo of identical twin Muralists Ethel and Jenne Magafan with their instructor Frank Mechau. Courtesy

Postcard of Old Fort Dallas in Miami, Florida, featuring an alligator border.

Ethel Magafan, Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans, 1943. Mural at the Recorder of Deeds building in Washington, DC. Photo by Carol Highsmith. Courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC.


Nineteenth-century wood engraving of the Battle of New Orleans after Jean-Hyacinthe Laclotte, who was an engineer in Andrew Jackson's army. Courtesy

Editor's Note

To see more paintings and source materials from Norah Lovell, see Part 1 and Part 3.


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