Engagement Between the U.S. Frigate "Constitution" and H.M.S. "Java"

Object Number: 
1971.124
Date: 
1812-13
Medium: 
Watercolor, gouache, and brown and black ink on paper, laid on heavy card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 1/8 x 23 7/8 in. ( 46 x 60.6 cm ) mat: 29 x 35 x 2 in. ( 73.7 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center on etiquette laid on mount in black ink and wash: "Constitution and Java / 29 Decr. 1913."
Description: 
Depicts encounter off the Brazilian coast, 1812.
Gallery Label: 
This view depicts the encounter off the Brazilian coast between the United States frigate Constitution, 44 guns, Commodore William Bainbridge, and the British frigate Java, 38 guns, Captain Henry Lambert, on December 29, 1812. In an action of more than two hours, the Java was completely dismasted and was compelled to surrender. The Java, with falling masts and spars, is at the right of Thresher's view.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Ethel McCullough Scott, John C. McCullough, and Mrs. Edith McCullough Heaphy
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group