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Capture of H.B.M. Frigate Macedonian by U.S. Frigate United States, October 25, 1812

1852 Thomas Chambers Born: Whitby, England 1808 Died: Whitby, England 1869 oil on canvas 34 7/8 x 50 1/4 in. (88.6 x 127.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Sheldon and Caroline Keck in honor of Elizabeth Broun 1992.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


Gallery Label

The rolling waves and swirls of smoke in this painting convey the noise and excitement of battle. To patriotic nineteenth-century Americans, the victory of the frigate United States over the British ship Macedonian in 1812 marked a triumph against British sea power. Off the Canary Islands, Stephen Decatur's ship damaged the Macedonian's hull, dismasted, and captured her. Decatur became an American hero who famously proclaimed "Our country-...may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong."

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Architecture - boat - Macedonia

Architecture - boat - United States

History - United States - War of 1812

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas Chambers

Born: Whitby, England 1808 Died: Whitby, England 1869

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