Captain Sterrett in the Schooner Enterprise Paying Tribute to Tripoli
Watercolor, gouache, black ink and wash, and graphite on paper
Overall: 9 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. ( 24.8 x 36.8 cm ) mat: 14 1/2 x 19 x 1 in. ( 36.8 x 48.3 x 2.5 cm )
Signed and inscribed at lower left outside the image in gray ink wash: "H. Z[?]. NOYES, NEWBURY, 1836."; along lower edge outside image in black ink: "Capt. STERRITT in the Schr. ENTERPRISE paying tribute to TRIPOLI, August 1801."
This watercolor is based on a drawing of the same title by Michele Felice Corne (q.v.) published in The Naval Temple (Boston, 1816), opp. p.17, and in American Naval Battles (Boston, 1831), opp. p.15. The title is a sarcastic reference to the way in which the United States met the demands of Tripoli for the payment of tribute in order that American merchant ships might be free from interference by the pirates of the Barbary States.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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