Art, Marine

A pair of reverse painted on glass ship portraits, done as silhouettes. Backgrounds done in watercolor on paper of the British ship “Shannon” and the American ship “Chesapeake”. Shannon defeated Chesapeake in a famous 1813 naval engagement off Boston during the War of 1812, during which Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence was mortally wounded. As he was carried below, he issued a command to his crew that became naval legend: “Don’t give up the ship; fight to the last man.” Early 19th century.

Dimensions: 15 1/4” h x 19 1/4″ w

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