The Constitution and the Guerriere, 1813

  • Thomas Birch, American, 1779-1851
  • Cornelius Tiebout, American, 1777-1830
  • James Webster, American

Engraving printed in black ink, colored by hand

  • Overall: 20 × 26 3/8 inches (50.8 × 67 cm)
  • Framed: 27 1/2 × 34 1/2 × 1 inches (69.9 × 87.6 × 2.5 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund

57.134

Department

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

  • Hand coloring
  • Engraving (printing process)
  • Ink
  • Ships
  • Engraving (print)
  • Navy
  • Battle
  • Flag
  • Marine (visual work)
  • United states
  • War of 1812

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Signed, in plate, lower left: Painted by T. Birch, A.C.S.A.

Inscribed, lower left center: The Constitution had 7 men killed & 7 wounded. Inscribed, lower center: Fought August 19, 1812. Inscribed, lower right center: The Guerriere had 15 men killed and 63 wounded. Inscribed, lower right: Engraved by C. Tiebout, A.C.S.A. Inscribed, lower margin: THIS REPRESENTATION OF THE U.S. FRIGATE CONSTITUTION, ISAAC HULL, ESQR. COMMANDER, CAPTURING HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S FRIGATE GUERRIERE, JAMES R. DACRES, ESQR. COMMANDER | Is respectfully inscribed to Capt. Isaac Hull, his Officers and Gallant Crew; by their devoted humble Servant, | James Webster. Long description of the battle continues in plate. Oval portrait of Commander Hull in the center of the bottom margin is engraved by D. Edwin.

Provenance

(Argosy Book Shop); 1957-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Early American Prints. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1957, no. 125b.

Rights Status

Cornelius Tiebout; after Thomas Birch, The Constitution and the Guerriere, 1813, engraving printed in black ink, colored by hand. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, 57.134.