Capture of the H.M.S. "Macedonian" by the U.S. Frigate "United States"
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper, laid on canvas, nailed to a stretcher
Overall: 18 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. ( 47.6 x 50.2 cm ) mat: 16 5/8 x 21 x 5/8 in. ( 42.2 x 53.3 x 1.6 cm )
Signed and inscribed at lower right outside image in ochre gouache: "G Ropes / 1814"; at lower center outside image: "UNITED STATES & MACEDONIAN,"
This is a view of the engagement between the British frigate Macedonian, 38 guns, Captain John S. Carden, and the United States frigate United States, 44 guns, Commodore Stephan Decatur. The ninety-minute battle took place in the Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles west of the Canary Islands on October 25, 1812. This and the following two unsigned companion views by the same artist constitute a series of three views of the battle.
Gift of Henry O. Havemayer
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