Engagement Between the U.S. Frigate "Constitution" and the H.M.S. "Java"
Watercolor, brown ink and wash, scratching out, and gouache on paper laid on card
Overall: 6 5/8 x 9 1/8 in. ( 16.8 x 23.2 cm )
signed: lower right, on mount: "Wm. B. Hoff, pinx" signed: lower left: "Hoff"
Signed at the lower left in red gouache outlined in brown ink: "Hoff"
This view depicts an encounter off the Brazilian coast between the United States frigate Consitution, 44 guns, Commodore William Bainbridge, and the British frigate Java, 38 guns, Captain Henry Lambert, on December 29, 1812. In an action of more than two hours, the Java was completely dismated and was compelled to surrender. The artist's sketch depicts the termination of the battle after the Java had lost her foremast, main topmast, and mizzenmast.
Gift of Mrs. James Barnes
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