Engagement Between the U.S. Sloop-of-War "Hornet" and H.B.M. Brig "Peacock"

Object Number: 
1963.182
Date: 
1813
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, and black ink and wash on paper, laid on heavy paper, backed with canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 23 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 59.7 x 69.9 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
signature: lower, ink: "Hornet and Peacock/a faithful representation of the U.S. sloop-of-war 'Hornet,' commanded by the brave & gallant Captn. J. Lawrence capturing HBM Sloop of war Peacock/after a severe Action; also his humanity & exertion in saving th
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed and signed along lower edge outside image in black ink: "Hornet and Peacock. / a faithful representation of the U. S. sloop of war Hornet, commanded by the brave & gallant Captn. J Lawrence capturing the HBM Sloop of war Peacock / after a severe Action, also his humanity & exertion in saving the crew of the enemy; at the time she was sinking. / painted by Geo. Thresher, from a drawing by Captn. Lawrence to the subscriber."
Description: 
Depicts capture of British "Peacock" by U.S. "Hornet" off of the British Guiana coast, 1813.
Gallery Label: 
This depicts the capture of the Britsh brig Peacock, Captain William Peake, by the U.S. sloop-of-war Hornet, Captain James Lawrence, off Demerara River, north of Surinam on teh Guiana coast, on Febrary 24, 1813. The Peacock sank after the battle. Captain Lawrence (1781-1813), who supplied a drawing of the action to Thresher for the composition of this picutre, was killed on June 1, 1813, during the engagement of the U.S. frigate Chesapeake with the British frigate Shannon.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group