Engagement between the U.S. Frigate Constitution and H.M.S. Guerriere
Oil on canvas
Overall: 29 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. ( 74.3 x 90.2 cm ) Frame: 46 1/2 × 52 in. (118.1 × 132.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower left: Carlton T. Chapman. 1895
Marine view depicting the Guerriére wallowing in the sea after she had been completely dismasted by the U.S. frigate, the Constitution; rough waters; lifeboats to the left and in the center of composition.
Painting depicts the naval engagement between the U.S. Frigate Constitution and H.M.S. Gurrier in 1812. Once her mizzen mast was down, things only got worse for the British frigate Guerriere, 38 guns, in her battle with the U.S. frigate Constitution, 44 guns, near the Grand Banks. It was the first of the frigate duels in the War of 1812, and given the losses the U.S. had sustained on land in that year, a great booster of morale. Chapman fills the sky with clouds and shows the Guerriere, utterly helpless, after her mainmast and foremast had also collapsed. The captain of the Constitution, Isaac Hull, made his fame on that night.
The Naval History Society Collection (John Sanford Barnes Foundation)
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