Capt. D. Porter of the U.S.N. (David Porter)

Stipple engraving, c.1815 (c.1890).
Image size 3 1/2 x 2 3/4" (8.8 x 7 cm) plus title and margins.
Very good condition. B/W.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 95381
Price: $95.00
Publisher : No artist or engravers name given.
Printed chine-colle . Likely a late 19th century impression from the original plate. No period impressions could be located.

David Porter (1780 – 1843) Officer in the United States Navy. Made the rank of captain and the honorary title of commodore. Porter commanded a number of U.S. naval ships, including the USS Constitution. He saw service in the First Barbary War, the War of 1812 and in the West Indies. On July 2, 1812, Porter hoisted the banner "Free trade and sailors' rights" as captain of USS Essex The phrase resonated with many Americans. Porter took the USS Essex into the Pacific and proceeded to do more damage to British commerce then all the other American warships combined. The Essex was finally taken by two British warships off of Valparaiso, Chili. On this cruse Porter took with him his ten year old foster son David Glasgow Farragut. Farragut would later become the first admiral in the United States Navy.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Naval