(PERRY, Oliver H.)
mid-19th century. Copper printing plate 14 1/8 x 18 inches; image: 12 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches.
Based on a painting in the National Museum of the United States Navy
An original copper printing plate depicting Oliver Hazard Perry's famous victory on Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. Though it shows the smoke and chaos of a large naval battle, the plate clearly shows American ships on either side of several British ships. In the event, nine American vessels defeated 6 British ships and American kept control of the lake for the duration of the conflict. They were subsequently able to re-take Detroit. The painting that served as the basis for this engraving was done by an unknown but clearly very accomplished artist, quite knowledgeable about the battle and 19th century warships in general.