The United States and the Macedonian, 1815

  • Thomas Birch, American, 1779-1851
  • Samuel Seymour, American, active 1797-1822

Engraving printed in black ink, colored by hand

  • Overall: 19 7/8 × 25 7/8 inches (50.5 × 65.7 cm)
  • 27 1/2 × 34 1/2 × 1 inches (69.9 × 87.6 × 2.5 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund


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

Printed, in center lower margin: [Profile portrait of Decatur]

Inscribed, lower left center: The Macedonian had 36 killed and 63 wounded Inscribed, lower center: Fought Octr. 25, 1812 Inscribed, lower right center: The United States had 5 killed and 7 wounded Inscribed, lower right: Engraved by S. Seymour Inscribed, lower margin: THIS REPRESENTATION OF THE U.S. FRIGATE UNITED STATES, STEPHEN DECATUR ESQR. COMMANDER, CAPTURING HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY'S FRIGATE MACEDONIAN, JOHN S. CARDEN ESQR. COMMANDER | Is respectfully inscribed to Capt Stephen Decatur his Officers and Gallant Crew by their devoted humble Servant | James Webster.

(Argosy Book Shop)

1957-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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

Samuel Seymour; after Thomas Birch, The United States and the Macedonian, 1815, engraving printed in black ink, colored by hand. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Gibbs-Williams Fund, 57.133.