Engagement between the U.S.S. Frigate "Constitution" and H.M.S. "Java"
Watercolor, black ink, white gouache, and graphite on paper
Overall: 20 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 51.4 x 64.8 x 3.8 cm )
inscriptions: not signed; title at bottom: The Java in a Sinking State...Constitution at a distance...
Verso inscribed at lower center in black ink: "No 4. This -- / The Java in a Sinking state, set fire to, & Blowing up The Constitution at a distance a head, Laying to, / unbending Sails, repairing rigging & c. on the Evening of 29th Decr. 1812."; below: "No3. / The Java totally dismasted endeavouring to Wear by the assistance of a Jury Staysail hoisted to the Stump of the Foremast and / Bowsprit the Constitution Crossing her Bow in a Raking Position, Compels her to Surrender at 50 Min. Past 5";
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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