U.S. Frigate "Constellation"

Object Number: 
c. 1801
Watercolor, black ink, gouache and graphite on beige paper
Overall: 10 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. ( 26.4 x 34.3 cm ) mat: 14 x 18 in. ( 35.6 x 45.7 cm )
signature: lower left: "Isiah Whyte" inscription: lower right: "Boston"
Signed at lower left inside image in red gouache: "Isiah Whyte"; inscribed at lower right inside image: "Boston"; at lower center outside image in black ink: "American Frigate 'Constellation' 1801 commanded by / comodore Thos. Truxton"
Gallery Label: 
Construction of the 36-gun frigate Constellation was authorized by Congress in 1794. She was built at Baltimore, Maryland, and was launched in September 1797. The ship was rebuilt in 1805-12 and was broken up at Norfolk, Virginia, in 1854, when she was replaced by a second Constellation which is still afloat. This picture was probably painted in Boston around 1801.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group