Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(WAR OF 1812.) John Jeakes, engraver; after Webster and Lee. Pair of views of the battle between the Chesapeake and Shannon. Hand-colored aquatints, each about 17 1/2 x 22 inches to sight; condition as noted; not examined out of matching modern frames. London: G. Webster, circa 1813

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These British views celebrate the 1 June 1813 capture of the USS Chesapeake in Boston Harbor by the HMS Shannon after a short but intense battle. The Chesapeake's badly wounded captain James Lawrence urged "Don't give up the ship!" before the British boarding party overwhelmed his crew.

"To that Distinguished Nobleman . . . John Earl of St. Vincent . . . this View of the Commencement of the Action Between His Majesty's Ship Shannon and the United States Frigate Chesapeake, off Boston Light House . . . is Respectfully Dedicated." After a painting by John Theophilus Lee; 3 repaired closed tears of up to 4 inches are visible.

"To Captain Broke . . . this View of the Boarding & Capturing the American United States Frigate the Chesapeake, off Boston . . . is with Respect Dedicated." After a painting by G. Webster "under the direction of Capt'n Falkner, late Lieut't of the Shannon during the Action"; 1 1/2-inch repaired tear visible.