LARGE WATERCOLOR OF EPIC WAR OF 1812 NAVAL BATTLE, “HIS BRITC. MAJS. FREGATE MACEDONIAN JOHN S. CARDEN ESQR COMMANDER CAPTURED BY THE U.S. FREGATE UNITED STATES STEPH. DECATUR ESQR COMMANDER,” AMERICAN SCHOOL, NINETEENTH CENTURY.Est. $3,000-$5,000
Sold: $3,000 ($2,500)
After an engraving by Benjamin Tanner (American 1775-1848), published in November 1814, and painting by Thomas Birch (American 1779-1851). Inscribed in red paint on black border above title, “the Macedonian had 43 killed and 71 wounded/ Fought Oct 25th 1812/ the United States had 7 killed and 5 wounded.” This naval battle catapulted the reputation of America’s naval force early on during the War of 1812. Captain Stephen Decatur Jr. of the frigate United States captured the H.M.S. Macedonian after a ninety-minute battle five hundred miles west of the Canary Islands, in which he sailed the prized enemy vessel to New York and was deemed a second-time hero. The watercolor depicts the fervent United States frigate firing at the destroyed H.M.S. Macedonian before surrendering. Sheet size 23 ¼ x 31 ¼ inches, sight. Giltwood frame 33 ½ x 41 ½ inches.