THIS PORTRAIT OF CAPTN. ISAAC HULL OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, ALSO THE REPRESENTATION OF THE MOST INTERESTING SCENE DURING THE ACTION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES FRIGATE CONSTITUTION AND THE BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S FRIGATE GURRIERE,, . . .

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Gilbert Stuart


This Portrait of Captn. Isaac Hull of the United States Navy, also the Representation of the Most Interesting Scene during the Action between the United States Frigate Constitution and the Britannic Majesty's Frigate Gurriere,, . . .

Mixed media, mezzotint and engraving, 1813.
Image size 15 1/8 x 13 13/16" (38.4 x 35.3 cm).
Overall in good condition. There are two tiny holes just below the portrait and a slight mat line. Some water stains along the lower edge, just below the lower publication line. Some residue in the margins from old black glass mat. Professional restoration done on print with an emphasis on retaining the original hand coloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 95054
Price: $7,500.00
Publisher : Published in Philadelphia by Freeman & Pierie, of the State Pennsylvania.
Freeman, excudit. Title continues: "is most respectfully dedicated to the People of the United States by their fellow citizens, Freeman & Pierie." Vignette of the engagement between Constitution and Guerriere below image. "The Vignette from an original Drawing under the direction of Captn. Hull".

This portrait and action scene was produced to celebrate the first major, one on one battle between two frigates, the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere. This battle lasted 40 minutes and was a triumph for Captain Hull and the crew of the Constitution as they soundly defeated the English ship. On the Guerriere there were 101 casualties out of crew of 302. On the Constitution there had been 7 killed and 7 injured out of a crew of 456. It was in this battle that the Constitutions nickname came into being, “Old Ironsides” as often the English cannon shot were seen bouncing off of her heavy oaken sides.
The scene depicts the battle near its end as the Guerriere main mast is shown falling.

The painter of the portrait was Gilbert Stuart, the noted Rhode Island portrait painter and was painted in 1807. No engraver is noted but Stauffer list it under the work of George Graham. Freeman & Pierie were publishers in Philadelphia and issued a number of prints of War of 1812 interest.

An important and quite rare print. Ex collection of the noted American naval print collector Irrving S. Olds. Olds was the author of "Bit's & Pieces of American History." A must have reference work for American Naval prints of the 18th and first third of the 19th century.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Historical , War of 1812

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