The Life Line, 1884.

In our current “War on Terror,” it’s sometimes hard to imagine or appreciate the terrors of times gone by. For Americans of the 19th century, stories of shipwrecks struck deep into their souls. Many harbored fresh memories of a harrowing crossing to the New World from Europe. Tales of rescue efforts that were too little, too late, or both filled newspapers and raised public ire. In the response to this uproar, the U.S. Government legislated in 1878 the development of a network of coastal life-saving stations called the Live-Saving Service. Six years later, an American artist painted The Life Line, a celebration of these rescuing heroes that made him famous almost overnight and that still captures viewers’ imaginations today. Notice how the hero’s face is hidden by the red scarf.

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