Photo #: 80-G-K-21225 (color)
"First Recognition of the American Flag by a Foreign Government", 14 February 1778
Painting in oils by Edward Moran, 1898. It depicts the Continental Navy Ship Ranger, commanded by Captain John Paul Jones, receiving the salute of the French fleet at Quiberon Bay, France, 14 February 1778.
Earlier in the month, after receipt of news of the victory at Saratoga, France recognized the independence of the American colonies and signed a treaty of alliance with them.
The original painting is in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Online Image: 62KB; 900 x 525 pixels
Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.
This "Hi-Res" JPG image has been cleaned to mitigate dust and other significant imaging flaws. Details of the original painting are unchanged.
Image posted 13 February 2009