Action Between the U.S. Frigate "President" and the H.B.M. Sloop-of-War "Little Belt"
Watercolor and graphite on paper laid on board
Overall: 16 1/4 x 23 1/2 x 1/4 in. ( 41.3 x 59.7 x 0.6 cm )
Horizontal rectangular needlework picture on silk ground, of seven masted sailing ships entering a Mediterranean harbor; the foreground and shore to the right is worked in chenille with beading and small metal objects applied, two of the ships have metal anchors attached, and their masts are worked in metallic thread, the central ship has a small bust of a bearded man on its bow, to the left of the harbor are two chenille domed structures and other painted structures in the background, the waves are painted and have glitter applied at the crests, the sky is painted with storm clouds; satin, chain and straight stitches.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
Inscribed on the board at lower left in brown ink: "The President American Frigate / 56 guns 350 men--"; at lower center: "The English Sloop Little Belt / 20 -- guns 113 men."; at lower right of center: "on the morning after the action 11th of May / Joseph Cartwright"
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