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State of the H.M.S. "Java" on her Striking to the U.S. Frigate "Constitution"

Object Number: 
1963.141
Date: 
c. 1812
Medium: 
Watercolor and black ink and white gouache over graphite on paper, laid on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. ( 29.5 x 44.4 cm ) mat: 13 1/2 x 20 x 1 in. ( 34.3 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Signed and inscribed at lower right oustide image in brown ink: "Lt. P. Salmond / Dannemark"; at lower center outside image in black ink: "State of H.M. Ship Java on her striking to the U.S. Ship Constitution; at 6 PM 29th Decr. 1812"
Gallery Label: 
This watercolor depicts the end of the encounter off the Brazilian coast between the United States frigate Constitution, 44 guns, Commodore William Bainbridge, and the British frigate Java, 38 guns, Captain Henry Lambert, on December 29, 1812. After a battle of more than two hours, the Java was completely dismasted and was compelled to surrender. The Java's striking of her colors signals the end of the battle.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Irving S. Olds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group