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KN-10855 Battle between Continental Ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779

Photo #: KN-10855 Battle between Continental Ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779
Title: Battle between Continental Ship Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis, 23 September 1779
Description: 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 sloop-or-war Countess of Scarborough is engaging the French frigate 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.
Catalog #: KN-10855
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