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Photo #: KN-10855 (color)

Battle between Continental Ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779

Oil on canvas, 21" x 28", by Thomas Mitchell (1735-1790), signed and dated by the artist, 1780.
It depicts Bonhomme Richard (center), commanded by Continental Navy Captain John Paul Jones, closely engaged with HMS Serapis, commanded by Royal Navy Captain Richard Pearson, off Flamborough Head, England.
Firing at right is the Continental frigate Alliance, while at left the British Countess of Scarborough is engaging the American Pallas.

The original painting is in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. It was donated by the U.S. Naval Institute in 1949.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Online Image: 59KB; 900 x 645 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

 

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    Image posted 13 February 2009