LARGE WATERCOLOR OF THE FIRST IMPORTANT WAR OF 1812 NAVAL BATTLE, “THE U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION, ISAAC HULL, ESQR. COMMANDER CAPTURING HIS BRITC MAJS FRIGATE GUERRIERE JAMES. R. DACRES ESQR. COMMANDER,” AMERICAN SCHOOL, NINETEENTH CENTURY.Est. $3,000-$5,000
Sold: $3,000 ($2,500)
After a hand-colored stipple engraving by Cornelius Tiebout (American 1777-1832), published by James Webster on August 18, 1813, and painting by Thomas Birch (American 1779-1851). Inscribed in red paint on black border above title, “the Constitution had 7 killed and 7 wounded/ Fought on Aug 19th 1812/ the Guerriere had 15 killed and 63 wounded.” The U.S. Constitution is the oldest warship still afloat today and the painting commemorates its victory over the H.M.S. Guerriere, as American soldiers jump in celebration as the final shot is fired upon the wreckage with the last remaining mast falling and British sailors abandoning ship. The gray, stormy sky and dappled sea portrayed in this watercolor strays from the fair weather depicted in the original print. Sheet size 23 ¼ x 31 ¼ inches, sight. Giltwood frame 33 ½ x 41 ½ inches.