Frame Size: 33" x 45"
Size: 24" x 36"

"The Battle of Lake Erie" SOLD

by James Hardy lll (British b. 1937)

Oil on Board

Signed Lower Left

Description: The Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. The strategic water way of Lake Erie was controlled by a British fleet consisting of six vessels under the command of Commodore Robert H. Barclay. The American fleet was commanded by Captain Oliver H. Perry, and although they outnumbered the British nine to six, the Americans were outweighed and out gunned.

At Put-In-Bay, Ohio, and under a light breeze, Captain Perry, from the deck of the USS Lawrence, began his attack against the British fleet. The HMS Detroit responded with heavy cannon fire just missing the Lawrence.

Perry continued to advance on the British and saw that the USS Niagara, under the command of Captain Jesse Elliot, was falling behind the fleet.

As the Lawrence closed in on the British, the Americans took many direct hits which killed or wounded most of the crew and left the Lawrence enabled. Perry made the decision to surrender his flagship. Before abandoning ship he grabbed his battle flag with the motto “Don’t Give Up the Ship” embroidered in it, and with the surviving crew, rowed back to the slower USS Niagara.

The Americans seriously damaged the British ships in the ensuing battle and retaliated the loss of the Lawrence. Commodore Barclay and many senior officers aboard other vessels were seriously wounded and the British were left in disarray.

Finally in the chaos of battle, the HMS Detroit and HMS Queen Charlotte collided, became entangled, and remained dead in the water. Perry seized the moment and moved to separate the British fleet, and with all cannons blazing, forced the British to surrender.

The British defeat at Lake Erie forced their army to abandon Fort Malden and retreat to Canada. After General William H. Harrison and his army defeated the British in a battle where the Native American Chief Tecumseh was killed, the British began peace talks with the US. America was then able to secure Northwest territories.

Note: This work together with "The Battle of Plattsburgh" (framed the same) would make a magnificent pairing for a conference room, office, reception area, library, foyer, dining room, etc.

Artist Profile: James Hardy lll is a British artist, born in 1937, who shows explicit detail in his marine paintings. He has had numerous works commissioned by many marine art collectors. His works are considered an excellent investment as they will continue to appreciate in value.


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