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



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.


(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.