Engagement Between the U.S. Frigate "Chesapeake" and H.M.S. "Shannon"
Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and black ink on paper, laid on canvas
Overall: 20 x 30 in. ( 50.8 x 76.2 cm ) mat: 33 x 43 x 1 in. ( 83.8 x 109.2 x 2.5 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "Edwd. J. Russell/1904"
Signed and inscribed at lower right in white gouache: "Edwd. J. Russell / 1904"
On June 1, 1813, the United States frigate Chesapeake, 36 guns, Captain James Lawrence, accepted a challenge to combat from the British frigate shannon, 38 guns, Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, and sailed from Boston harbor to meet her adversary awaiting her off the Massachusetts coast. After the engagement of only fifteen minutes, the Chesapeake was boarded and captured and was taken as a prize to Halifax.
Gift of Colonel James Barnes and John Sanford Barnes, Jr.
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