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Capture of H.B.M. Frigate the U.S. Frigate United States.

Two sailing ships in a battle the one on the left is losing masts and sails the one on the right is firing canon
Description: Engraving, by Benjamin Tanner after Thomas Birch, 1813, framed dimensions 32H X 36W
Accession #: 84-166-B
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This engraving is one of two in the Navy Art Collection that were gifts from Mrs. Elizabeth P. Custis to her friend, Mrs. Lear in 1815. Mrs. Custis was George Washington's step‑granddaughter, married for a time to Thomas Law, a land speculator in the District of Columbia. The Mrs. Lear referenced in the note attached to the back of the original frame, may have been related to Tobias Lear, formerly George Washington's secretary and also a notable resident of the District during the War of 1812.

Document Type
  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • War of 1812 1812-1815
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  • NHHC