U.S. Schooner "Enterprise"
Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on heavy watercolor paper once bound
Overall: 12 7/8 x 17 3/4 in. ( 32.7 x 45.1 cm ) mat: 18 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 46.4 x 59.1 x 3.8 cm )
inscription: lower: "L'Enterprise, Dessines en 40ms le 9 7bre 1806/Captn David Porter"
Inscribed at lower center below image in black and brown ink: "L' Entreprise, Dessinés en 40ms le 9 7bre. 1806 / Captn David Porter"; verso inscribed with several fragmentary annotations
This depicts the 12-gun schooner Enterprise at the time of the War with Tripol. David Porter (1780-1843) was second-in-command of the vessel, which was built in Maryland in 1799 by Henry Spencer. This watercolor was probably painted at Marseilles and was removed from a sketchbook of the younger Antoine. The date of the drawing, however, means that he would probably have been too young to execute the fine details of this sketch, and therefore it is attributed to his father.
Bequest Irving S. Olds
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