CAPT. PAUL JOHNS.

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Capt. Paul Johns.

Engraving, 1779.
Image size, oval, 8 1/4 x 6 3/4" (21 x 17 cm).
Good condition save for some surface soiling. B/W
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98005
Price: $400.00
Publisher : London. Pub.d Oct. 22, 1779 by Thos. Macklin, No. 1 Lincolns Fields Inn.
From an original drawing taken from the life, on board the Serapis.

John Paul Jones, 1747-1792. One of America's first great naval commanders..

On September 23 1779, his ship, Bon Homme Richard engaged the HMS Serapis and fought a long and bloody battle. At one point Captain Richard Pearson, commanding "Serapis", called out to Jones, asking if he surrendered. Jones' reply: "I have not yet begun to fight!" Eventually Capt. Pearson tore down his colors and surrendered. This image depicts Jones in a caricature format, as a rough and tumble sailor. At the time many English considered him to be a pirate and some of the prints published, such as this, depicted him as a less then honorable figure.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Naval