Engagement between the "Bonhomme Richard" and "Serapis" on September 23, 1779
Watercolor , black ink, and graphite on graphite, laid on card
Overall: 7 7/8 x 13 3/8 in. ( 20 x 34 cm ) mat: 15 7/8 x 21 1/8 x 3/4 in. ( 40.3 x 53.7 x 1.9 cm )
signature and date: lower left: "D.S./1780" inscription: mat: "Dominic Serres R A. 1722-1793"
Signed and inscribed at lower left in brown watercolor: "D.S. 1780."
This shows the Bonne Homme Richard, under Captain John Paul Jones, engaging the Serapis, Captain Richard Pearson, off Flamborough Head on the east coast of England on September 23, 1779. This encounter, whcih resulted in the capture of the Serapis after a battle of several hours, is one of the famous battles of American naval history.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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