Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 91

Price Realized: $ 469
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
(WAR OF 1812.) Robert Dodd, artist. . . . His Majesty's Ship Shannon . . . Waiting the Close Approach of the American Frigate Chesapeak. Engraving, 15 x 19 1/2 inches; worn with several small early repairs, foxing, laid down on early board. [London]: R. Dodd and G. Andrews, August 1813

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The moment before the short but intense naval battle in Boston Harbor, showing the USS Chesapeake "bearing down to the attack with all the confidence of victory." 147 of her men would be killed or wounded within fifteen minutes. Dying captain James Lawrence cried out "Don't give up the ship" in vain. This composition was drawn in consultation with Captain Falkiner of the Shannon, and made its way to a London engraving plate after just 3-plus months, quite fast considering the trans-Atlantic journey.