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Stephen Decatur.

  • ARTIST: Alonzo Chappel

  • PUBLISHER: Johnson, Fry & Co., Yew York.

  • MEDIUM: Steel engraving; hand colored,

    DATE: 1858.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 7 1/2 x 5 1/2" (190 x 140 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Painted by Chappel; Engraved by G. R. Hall. Facsimile signature below title.<br><br> Stephen Decatur (1779-1820) was a decorated naval officer numerous contributions to the United States throughout the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. His success in the First Barbary War against Tripoli allowed him to achieve the rank of captain. During the War of 1812, Decatur was detained in the port of New London by the British and his attempts to sneak out of the harbor were met with the British blockades forces. In 1815, Decatur was sent to the East Indies on a mission, but his mission was thwarted when the vessel was intercepted by a British ship which caused Decatur to surrender his command. Later in the Second Barbary War, Decatur became known for his success as the “Conqueror of the Barbary Pirates.” During the final years of his life, Decatur took on the role of Navy Commissioner. Decatur lost his life in a duel with Commodore James Barron in 1820.


  • CONDITION: Good condition and color. Some overall time-toning of the paper.