Engagement Between the U.S. Sloop-of-War "Peacock" and H.B.M. Brig "L'Epervier"
Gouache and black ink on paper
Overall: 8 x 10 3/8 in. ( 20.3 x 26.4 cm ) mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
Inscribed at lower center outside image in beige gouache: "PEACOCK & EPERVIER."
This depicts the 45-minute battle fought off the coast of Florida on April 29, 1814, in which the new sloop of war Peacock, 22 guns, commanded by Captain Lewis Warrington, captured L'Epervier, 18 guns, Captain Richard Wales, through superior gunfire. The hull of the American vessel was not hit during the action, and her casualties were confined to two wounded. The Peacock was named from the British brig of the same name captured by James Lawrence in February 1813.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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