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: 15 3/4 x 19 7/8 in. ( 40 x 50.5 cm ) mat: 16 1/2 x 21 x 5/8 in. ( 41.9 x 53.3 x 1.6 cm )
Inscribed at lower center outside image in ochre gouache: "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. At the point depicted, the Macedonia had lost her mizzenmast, fore and main topmasts, and main yard and had suffered damage to her hull. Her colors were then lowered in surrender.
Gift of Henry O. Havemayer, Jr.
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