COMBAT DE PAUL JONES DANS LA MER D'ALLEMAGNE. (BATTLE BETWEEN THE BONHAMME RICHARD AND SERIPIS).

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Combat de Paul Jones dans la Mer d'Allemagne. (Battle between the Bonhamme Richard and Seripis).

Etching, Undated, c.1780.
Image size 4 1/8 x 8" (10.6 x 20.3 cm).
Good condition save for overall time-toning of the paper. B/W
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96855
Price: $200.00
Publisher : No artist or publishers information given.
The image shows the battle between Bonhomme Richard and Serapis, (Sept. 23, 1779). One of America's most famous naval heroes. John Paul Jones (1747-1792) was an American naval officer, famous for his exploits in British waters during the American Revolution. During his battle with frigate HMS Seripis under command of Captain Richard Pearson of the British Naval vessel "Serapis" asked John Paul Jones "Have you struck?" (which meant to ask for quarter and give up the fight), John Paul Jones reportedly replied "I have not yet begun to fight?" Although historians cannot prove the remark was made, it is part of American Naval folklore. After a three and a half hour battle Jones's ship the “Bonhomme Richard” eventually won the battle. Another one of John Paul Jones great quotes is “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in Harm’s way.” 18th-19th Century Subjects , Marine , Naval